Treatment for Plantar Fasciitis - Foot Orthotics
Plantar Fasciitis (known also as Policeman’s Heel) occurs when the plantar fascia ligament along the bottom of the foot develops tears in the tissue. It is the most common heel pain condition. Around 1 in 10 people will develop the condition at some time in their life.
Most sufferers complain of a burning, stabbing or aching pain in the heel of the foot. It seems to be particularly acute when getting up and putting pressure on the ligament. Due to heel stiffness climbing stairs can also be difficult.
The plantar fascia ligament absorbs significant weight and pressure and an ‘excess’ of physical activity or exercise may overload the ligament. Active men and women between the ages of 40 and 70 are most at risk of developing Plantar Fasciitis. Long distance runners are particularly prone.
Arthritis is another common cause as certain types of arthritis can lead to inflammation to develop in the tendons. This is most common in elderly patients. Diabetes is also a factor that can contribute to foot damage.
An individual’s gait may also be a causative factor, as flat feet, high arches and pronation all may cause the fascia ligament to tear and become inflamed. A tight Achilles tendon can affect one’s ability to flex the ankle making it more likely that the plantar will be damaged.
Bespoke Foot Orthotics or insoles help to reduce pain and promote healing by offloading the plantar fascia as the patient walks.
Bespoke insoles may be prescribed to address any underlying bio-mechanical dysfunction such as over pronation which may be the root cause of the Plantar Fasciitis .
Night splints may also be worn; these work by keeping the fascia stretched to promote healing.