You could have Plantar Fasciitis. What is it? The Plantar Fascia is the band of tissue that runs from the heel bone (calcaneus), along the sole, to the ball of the foot. This strong, tight tissue helps to maintain the arch of the foot. When this becomes inflamed it is known as Plantar Fasciitis. It is a common, painful foot condition that is most often seen in middle-aged men and women, but can be found in all age groups.
What symptoms does it cause? You may have one or more of the following symptoms: Foot pain - usually on the underside of the heel that is worse first thing in the morning (first steps of the day) which often subsides quite quickly but returns after prolonged standing/walking. Other symptoms include decreased dorsiflexion of the ankle (Difficulty bending the foot so the toes are brought toward the shin) and Increased knee pains, especially among runners
What causes it? 1. Long periods of weight bearing 2. Overuse injury: Seen in recreational athletes, especially runners. The repetitive nature of the sport is thought causes the damage to the fibrous tissue that forms the arch of the foot 3. High body mass index/rapid weight gain
What can you do? Your Podiatrist can diagnose Plantar Fasciitis by listening to your symptoms and performing a physical examination of your feet. This may include: checking your feet for signs of the condition & watching you stand and walk
They can also arrange imaging studies like X-rays, diagnostic ultrasound and MRI to help confirm the diagnosis. The podiatrist can discuss the treatment options available and provide advice to prevent it occurring again.