Plantar Fasciitis – pain in the foot

Plantar Fasciitis is pain under the foot typically at its worst when you first get up in the morning…or after being sat for a while

Arch and heel pain are a common complaint we often get in the studio.

Many times it’s due to plantar fasciitis – or the beginnings of it causing the problem. Common symptoms are pain on waking and putting your foot down to walk, or after being sat, with pain being relieved after a few steps or minutes walking when the fascia under the feet warm up. You can also experience heel pain – commonly mistaken for a heel spur.

Plantar fasciitis is inflammation of the fascia which run from the heel to the toes on the under side of the feet which can become inflammed, shorten and irritated – either through direct contact such as new shoe supports or through poor biomechanics or footwear. The latter two tend to have a compounding effect which builds over time.

Managing symptoms tends to be through release or massage to tight tissue, checking your leg alignment, history of onset ( sudden increase in training or load/ or new footwear or training regime).

Below is a video we made on foot exercises – the feet need to be mobile and fluid when we use them and stiff immobile feet cause problems – whether that’s locally at the foot or higher up the chain at the ankles, knees, hips and back.

If you get pain that is not improving it’s quite simple to manage if it’s caught early before tissues actually shorten and become thickened.

If you want to try these exercises for foot mobility anyway – even if you have no pain – your feet will thank you!

Call us if you need help – there’s plenty that can be done to help solve and improve foot and arch pain, including release, strapping and taping for support which ‘rests’ the inflammed tissues. You’ll need a physio consult so we can assist you in your management so you start getting relief straight away.

Get onto things straight away to get results as chronic issues and pain are a lot harder to manage.

If you know anyone with heel and arch/ foot pain feel free to share this with them!

In the meantime – be kind to your feet – they take you where you want to go!




About Saree Hewlett (133 Articles)
Saree has 20 + years as a physio, training in the UK and completing her Masters in Manual Therapy in Perth, UWA. She has integrated Pilates into her practise having trained in the Polestar method and currently owns and runs two Studios in Perth's Northern Suburbs. A previous international Artistic Skater she understands the needs of sports people and also those suffering from chronic pain and reduced function - we all want the same thing - to be the best we can be! She is married with two active young boys!

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