What is Plantar Fasciitis:
Plantar Fasciitis is a common condition which causes heel and arch pain in the feet. The Plantar fascia is a thick weblike ligament that connects the rear foot to the forefoot. It acts as a shock absorber and provides support to the foot arch when walking. Too much pressure on your feet or biomechanical foot anomalies can damage or tear the ligaments under the foot. The insertion point of the plantar fascia under the heel can become inflamed and this inflammation can lead to pain and stiffness in the foot.
The main symptoms usually associated with plantar fasciitis are pain under the heel and sometimes along the arch of the foot. It most commonly affects one foot however, both feet can be affected. Unfortunately, plantar fasciitis is a condition which can return multiple times. Pain is usually worse first thing in the morning or following periods of rest or inactivity, the pain will gradually reduce when moving and active.
- Biomechanical foot problems can cause plantar fasciitis as a high arched or flat footed posture can put increased strain on the ligaments of the foot. This can then results in increased strain at the heel insertion point leading to inflammation.
- Obesity can lead to increased pressure along the plantar ligaments resulting in tears of damage to the ligaments in the feet.
- High activities levels such as long distance running of working in an occupation with prolonged periods on your feet can lead to increased demand on the plantar fascia and increased pressure under the heel.
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Total Body Orthotics offers face-to-face clinical assessments for the provision, measurements and fitting of a wide range of orthotic devices from insoles to fully customised Knee Ankle Foot Orthosis (KAFOs). Appointments are based at our clinic at The Arcade, High Street, Eccleshall , Staffordshire, ST21 6BZ. There is a £50 assessment fee to access this service.
If you have purchased a device from us and are struggling with fitting or wear we also provide free online Zoom consultations with our orthotist where we can provide remote support and advice where possible.