Stabbing pain on the bottom of your foot near your heel, which is worse first thing in the morning? Feet feel very stiff when climbing stairs? Pain in your foot after exercising?
You may have Plantar Fasciitis, a condition that affects the plantar fascia, a band of fibrous tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot, from the heel to the toe. Plantar Fasciitis is a chronic condition in which the plantar fascia becomes inflamed, causing pain. It usually affects just one foot, but it can affect both feet. Some people describe the pain as dull, while others experience a sharp pain, and some feel a burning or ache on the bottom of the foot.
The condition can be caused by repeated pressure on the underside of the foot, particularly in sports where running and jumping on hard surfaces are involved, such as running, netball, basketball. Shoes that do not cushion the foot sufficiently, or support the arch, are also a factor, as is being overweight. Woman who are pregnant often experience bouts of plantar fasciitis, particularly during late pregnancy. If you have an active job that involves being on your feet most of the day if also a risk factor. Active men and women between the ages of 40 and 70 are the highest risk for developing plantar fasciitis. It's slightly more common in women than men.
Untreated plantar fasciitis will usually worsen, making walking painful, and create further pain in knee, hip and lower back, as your gait changes.
At Mind Body Solutions Clinic in Frodsham, we have experienced excellent results treating plantar fasciitis with a combination of acupuncture, ultrasound therapy, massage and kinesiology taping, to improve blood circulation, removes blood stasis, ease the pain, increase flexibility and restore full mobility.
If or someone you know is suffering with plantar fasciitis please call us now to book an appointment on 01928 898 446.