Plantar Fasciitis is typified by pain throughout the sole of the foot especially on first steps out of bed in the morning.

Aggravated by exercise, the pain is worse after sitting or resting the feet for a long time, i.e. after a night’s rest. The patient finds it hard to walk initially, hobbling for a few minutes until the foot pain eases.

The plantar fascia is a tough stretch of connective tissue, which helps to support the arch of the foot and provide a rebound action on walking. Inflammation occurs in the fascia with overuse, for example running or if the arch of the foot drops, which stretches the connective tissue.

Treatment involves not only working locally on the plantar fascia, the mechanics of the foot and whole leg are examined and treated, as well as addressing any muscular imbalances which may occur due to limping. Advice on training and footwear are also a feature.