This blog discusses briefly the common condition plantar fasciopathy and the treatments that can be utilized at the various stages of the condition.

PLANTAR FASCIOPATHY

In our clinic, we see a lot of patients that present heel pain. There can be many different causes to heel pain, but one of the most common ones is plantar fasciopathy.

Plantar fasciopathy (PF) is a generalised definition to describe the overuse and inflammation of the plantar fascia.

What can trigger this inflammation?

As we are quite active and move about, we are constantly applying pressure on the plantar fascia and sometimes excessive pressure can instigate the micro trauma of the plantar fascia. Activities such as starting a new sport or going to the gym can trigger this. Stretching is advised especially when we have tight posterior muscles and soft tissues of the legs, such as the calf muscles and the Achilles tendon. A tight calf will mostly lead to a tight fascia, which could turn into PF.

Not just activity can cause PF, but weight gain and excessive load on the feet can play an important role.

The first acute initial inflammation is called Plantar Fasciitis. After repetitive stress and microtraumas to the heel and a long period lasting over 6 weeks can be described as Plantar Fasciosis.


Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar Fasciosis

Duration of pathology

Less than 6 weeks

More than 6 weeks

Symptoms

  • Intense pain
  • Heat
  • Swelling
  • Pain at the end of the day
  • Pain After Sitting Or Resting
  • Pain
  • Swelling

Treatment

  • Rest
  • Taping
  • Icing
  • Avoid Heat
  • Orthotics
  • Low Level Laser Therapy
  • Heat
  • Manual Therapy
  • Orthotics
  • Foot Exercises
  • Supporting Shoes
  • Low Level Laser Therapy
  • Shockwave
  • Steroid Injections

Our Chiropodists here at The Footcare Centre are experienced with dealing with Plantar Fasciopathy. If you do think you present this pathology, we would be most happy to guide you through the right treatment. To book an appointment call 905-357-0214 or book online.

This blog has been written by Steven Castillo Pinel and is not necessarily the opinion of The Footcare Centre.

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