Over the past few weeks, our InnerStrength of Bayside physios have seen a spike in the number of patients booking in to see us with Plantar faciitis. Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common sources of heel and foot pain.
Plantar fasciitis usually presents as foot pain felt in the morning or after resting. A characteristic of Plantar faciitis is that pain will be worse with your first steps and improves with activity as it warms up.
It is also commonly diagnosed in individuals with poor foot biomechanics; Flat feet or weak foot arch control muscles are two common causes of plantar fasciitis.
Below are some factors that may make you more likely to develop plantar fasciitis:
On your feet all day – especially if your job involves standing or walking all day.
Wearing shoes with poor support – We are pretty sure that Melbourne’s recent hot weather has a lot to do with the increased incidence that we are seeing. As in hot weather our patients tend to wear less supportive footwear such as thongs.
Flat Feet or High Foot Arches – Changes in the arch of your foot changes the shock absorption ability, predisposing it to plantar faciitis.
Sports – certain sports place excessive stress on the plantar facia area of the foot. While other sports predispose to ankle and foot injuries which in-turn predispose to Plantar faciitis.
Pregnancy – Hormonal changes, weight gain and swelling in the feet can predispose pregnant women to Plantar faciitis.
Age – In middle aged and older adults the arch of your foot may begin to sag – putting extra stress on the plantar fascia.
Arthritis – Some types of arthritis can cause inflammation in the tendons in the bottom of your foot, which may lead to plantar fasciitis.
Diabetes – Plantar fasciitis occurs more often in people with diabetes.
Plantar Faciitis responds very well to physiotherapy and resolves more quickly the earlier that treatment is sought. So, if you have any questions regarding your foot pain, or would like to book in to see one of our Physiotherapists please call InnerStrength of Bayside now on 85554099.