Plantar fasciitis is a condition characterised by pain under the heel bone and sometime extending into the arch of the foot.  Plantar fasciitis by name refers to inflammation and/or thickening of the plantar fascia ligament and associated foot musculature attaching to heel bone (calcaneus).   The plantar fascia supports the arch of the foot and plays an integral role in normal foot function.


People reporting symptoms of plantar fasciitis often report increased pain when weightbearing after rest. It can develop acutely or have a slow insidious onset.  Risk factors for developing plantar fasciitis include overuse, hard surfaces, inappropriate footwear, overweight and ageing.


Plantar fasciitis is a common condition  seen by podiatrists.  At Coastal Health Podiatry we aim to diagnose your condition followed by identifying risk factors and deficiencies which may be contributing to your condition.  We may refer you for an x-ray and/or diagnostic ultrasound assessment to further understand your injury.  Bringing along your footwear which you regularly use for exercise, work and play will help your practitioner develop a treatment plan.


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