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Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of foot pain we see in the clinic!

The plantar fascia is a ligament that runs along the bottom of the foot, from the heel to the toes. Its primary function is to support the arch and is involved in the function of the big toe joint. 

If excessive force is placed through the plantar fascia it can result in inflammation and micro tears of the soft tissue that makes up the plantar fascia, causing pain. Plantar fascia is characterised by pain on standing, especially first thing in the morning. Symptoms will often then ease off before returning with a vengeance later in the day!

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Frequently asked questions about Plantar Fasciitis

Does plantar fasciitis take long to recover from?

Recovery time from plantar fasciitis ranges depending on the duration and severity of the condition. The plantar fascia receives little blood flow compared to other types of tissue such as muscle and can take extra time to heal. If only a mild case, symptoms can start to decrease within weeks with complete resolution of pain in 6-10 weeks. For more severe cases complete recovery may take longer however in 90% of cases symptoms improve dramatically within 2-3 months. If left untreated this can become a chronic condition resulting in compensation in other areas including the hip, knee, ankle and back.

How common is plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of foot pain that is seen in the clinic. Research has suggested that it affects 3.6% of people at any given time and up to 10% of people over the age of 50. The condition affects females more often than males. 

Do I have a heel spur?

It is suggested that approximately 50% of people with plantar fasciitis symptoms also have a heel spur. However, it is important to understand that heel spurs themselves are not the cause of pain. Many people may have a heel spur and be completely asymptomatic and unaware that they have one.

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