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Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar Fasciitis Physiotherapy treatment in Kenilworth, Leamington Spa, Warwick, Solihull

Plantar Fasciitis is often a name give to any pain in the heel. In reality, many problems can cause heel pain.

At the Reinge Clinic we will look biomechanically through the whole lower leg, not just the heel, to ensure we treat the source of the problem. 

What Causes Plantar Fascitiis?

Plantar Fasciitis Treatment in Kenilworth, Leamington Spa, Warwick and Solihull

Plantar Fasciitis, is inflammation of the fascia on the base of the foot. The plantar fascia, is a connective tissue that connects the heel to the toes, and when it becomes inflamed it creates pain and a tightening of this area.

This can make it very sore to walk on. A defining feature of Plantar Fasciitis, is that pain is there first thing in the morning, when the foot feels very stiff, but improves as the day goes on.

The main question we ask, is why is this area inflamed and what is causing this inflammation. This often leads us to look further up the body.

How do you treat Plantar Fasciitis?

Reigne Clinic - Plantar Fasciitis treatment

Plantar Fasciitis, is an inflammatory condition, so the first thing to do is to calm down the inflammation. Icing the whole foot for 10 mins per hour is a great place to start. Once the inflammation is calmed, we need to restrengthen the foot. We can do this with targeted strengthening work.

We strengthen the foot because the plantar fascia has an important role in shock absorption when the foot hits the floor. It helps to support the arch and dissipate the forces of walking. It is often weak in this condition, so we need to restrengthen this arch. Once the symptoms have calmed down, we need to work out why this weakness occurred in the first place.

Usually this is down to foot weakness or leg muscle imbalance, causing the muscles at the back of the leg (calf muscles)  to become tight.  When they are tight they tug at the attachment points at the base of the foot, creating pain and inflammation.

So we would measure your leg circumference, muscle test your muscle interactions and find out where the weaknesses are. Then we would restrengthen the whole lower leg to remove these biomechanical imbalances. This ensures the problem doesn’t repeat itself in the future.

Frequently Asked Questions about Plantar Fasciitis

The fastest way to calm the symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis is to ice the foot and often a heel raise in your shoe can help. But this is fixing the symptom, not the cause. 

To fix the cause of the problem, you need to assess the biomechanics of the lower body and rebalance any weaknesses.

Depending how long you have had the condition, it usually takes 2-3 sessions to calm the pain. 

However, to stop the problem returning you will probably need another few sessions to rebalance the leg and solve any imbalances. 

Often foot weakness triggers Plantar Fasciitis. Over time, as the foot gets weaker, the calf will try to assist and stabilise the heel. This creates tightness and tugging where the calf muscle attaches onto the heel. This tugging creates inflammation over time. 

Overuse of shoes such as high heels can also weaken the feet and shorten the calf, meaning walking barefoot becomes painful.  The good news is that all of these things are solvable with some treatment.

Take a look at the NHS website, here, for more information.

No, you can self refer into any of our services and both our Physiotherapist and Sports Therapist are perfectly placed to treat this condition. 

Feel free to use the online booking system, or call or email us and we can help you to book in. 

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