Plantar Fasciitis is a painful condition affecting the sole of the foot, with pain usually localised around the front of the heel bone and radiating along the arch of the foot towards the toes. There is usually point tenderness on the insertion of the plantar fascia onto the heel bone with symptoms often worse on first waking or on first standing after prolonged periods of sitting
What causes plantar fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis can be an acute condition related to a sudden increase in walking or a change in shoe support, or even a direct impact on the sole of the foot, such as stepping onto a rock. The most common pattern of plantar fasciitis is of gradual onset related to faulty foot or lower limb biomechanics. Factors that may contribute to the development of this condition include poor foot position (over pronation), stiffness of the foot, ankle or knee, weakness of the muscles which stabilise the hip and lower limb, over training, poor footwear