Plantar Fasciitis

The information is intended to inform and educate and is not a replacement for medical evaluation, advice, diagnosis or treatment by a healthcare professional. 

 

Plantar fasciitis is a painful inflammation of the arch of the foot, between the ball of the foot and the heel.

 

Plantar fasciitis is caused by either a shortening of the plantar fascia (tendinous tissue running along the sole of the foot) or the break down of a fatty pad on the heel of the foot.

Shortening of the plantar fascia can be caused by wearing high heels, increased physical activity, running on hard or uneven surfaces or a lack of support from shoes.

The break down of the fatty pads on the feet is caused by weight gain.

 

  • Proprioception / balance
  • Distal lower limb flexibility (especially gastrocnemius and soleus)
  • Longitudinal arch flexibility
  • Longitudinal arch strength
  • Ankle strength