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Plantar Fasciitis

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

It refers to an inflammation of a thick band of tissue that connects the heel bone to the toes.

Can physiotherapy help people with plantar fasciitis?

Yes. Physiotherapy is an effective treatment for plantar fasciitis. Most patients recover fully within the first two months without the need for surgery.

Depending on the severity of the injury, surgery may be needed. Surgery is also an option for those who do not respond to non-operative treatments. Grade I to III injury severity respond to physiotherapy treatments while grade IV, V and VI would generally require surgery. When surgery is however, recommended, physiotherapy is very highly recommended post-surgery for a full recovery.

What are the causes of plantar fasciitis?

  • Playing sports that put stress on the heel bone, like running, dance and aerobics

  • Flat-footed or high arches

  • Being middle-aged or older

  • Being overweight

  • Pregnancy

  • Spending a lot of time on your feet

  • Wearing shoes with poor arch support or stiff soles

  • Jobs that involves prolonged standing

  • Arthritis

  • Diabetes

What are the symptoms of plantar fasciitis?

  • Pain in the morning, as you take your first steps

  • Pain improves with activity as you warm up

  • Pain after prolonged standing or sitting

  • Pain after intense activity

  • Pain when climbing stairs or when standing on tip-toes

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