Located in Sutherland and also proudly servicing Kirrawee, Engadine, Menai and Bangor, Sutherland Podiatry Centre offers care for plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common conditions we treat at our clinic.  It was a problem that was exclusive to overweight middle aged people, but we are now seeing it occur in all age groups.
One disturbing fact about plantar fasciitis is that it can sometimes takes many months to resolve.  It often takes approximately 6 months for 75% of people to recover from this problem. Stretching and Exercise: Stretching exercises are aimed at lengthening the plantar fascia in an attempt to lessen the pull on your heel. Night Splints: A device worn at night to prevent contraction of the plantar fascia and to maintain calf flexibility. Foot Orthotics: The right custom orthotics are often the best defense in the prevention of plantar fasciitis and the most reliable long-term cure for existing conditions. Originally thought to be an inflammation condition, it was later discovered that no cells were actually inflamed within the plantar fascia. Plantar fasciitis can happen to a person of any age, but it is particularly prevalent within middle-aged people.

Weight: Overweight and obese people have a higher risk of developing plantar fasciitis due to the constant pressure their weight is putting on their heels. Tight calf muscle: Tight calve muscles have been directly linked with the occurrence of plantar fasciitis because they lead to the repetitive over-stretching of the plantar fascia, ultimately causing the thickening and bruising of the tendon. Excessive pronation: You also are at a higher risk of suffering from plantar fasciitis when your feet have the tendency to roll inward. Since plantar fasciitis may be confused with other foot-related conditions, it’s important to have it properly diagnosed. Rest: You may not be used to taking a break during the day but when you suffer from plantar fasciitis, that’s one thing you will have to learn to do. The plantar fascia is a very thick fibrous material that inserts into your heel, and branches out to your five toes.  It is responsible for helping hold up your arch, and absorbing shock when you hit the ground when you walk. When your arch drops, the plantar fascia begins to tear away from its insertion at your heel.
A restored arch significantly reduces the daily pull on the plantar fascia by relaxing the ‘bowstring” function of the fascia.

Basically, this occurs when you strain your plantar fascia, the ligament connecting your heel bone to your toes. Tightness in this muscle group can cause excess pronation (arch drop), which may contribute to plantar fasciitis.
When the plantar fascia ligament is strained, it becomes weak and irritated, thereby causing the sole of your feet to hurt in an excruciating manner, almost preventing you from walking altogether. An adjustable strap lifts the toes up to stretch the plantar fascia ligament throughout the night.

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