Plantar Fascia is one of the most common conditions associated with heel pain. Whether you’re a keen runner or you simply enjoy living an active lifestyle, experiencing a pain in the arch of your foot can throw anyone off course. Because our feet take a lot of wear and tear when we walk and run it’s natural that we will experience certain aches and pains.

Slow Down

Every person who runs or takes part in an outdoor activity will do so at their own level of intensity. What works for one person may not work for another and vice versa. Many people make the mistake of over training and ignore their body’s aches and pains which can lead to long term injuries. Make sure you give your body – especially your feet and ankles- enough time to recover.

Arch Pain Anguish

One of the most typical foot injuries suffered by patients living an active lifestyle, is arch pain. This injury is triggered by stringy tissue which connects the heel to the lower area of the foot. This is an injury that is experienced by many long distant runners.

Arch Pain Signs and Indications:

Severe, acute, painful arch agony alongside the heel.

What are the Causes?

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People who have a high arch over extend and so can experience this type of injury as can many people suffering from a flat foot and experience stiffness to their Achilles tendon.

Over Training Feet – People who over train can put additional strain on their tendon. Runners who go from running on a hard surface to running on a soft one can experience this type of heel injury.

Inappropriate Footwear – People who wear incorrect running shoes put their feet and ankles at risk, especially their heels. Your running shoes need to be properly designed to safeguard your feet and ankles from injury. Likewise, a person wearing the wrong type of shoes in the day time for a long period of time can cause themselves severe heel, foot and ankle injuries.

The examples above can put unnecessary strain on the tissue connecting the heel to the bottom of the foot and result in a person experiencing swelling, severe pain and discomfort.

Prevention vs Cure

  • A person can try and prevent Plantar fasciitis by carrying out the below tips.
  • Ensuring they stretch their muscles (calf muscles) before they exercise or run.
  • Opt for softer running surfaces.
  • Not overtraining their bodies but gradually building up their stamina and mileage at a safe and steady rate.
  • Wear the correct running shoes by seeking the professional orthopaedic advice of my foot and ankle clinic.
  • Cool down any inflammation by massaging and placing an ice pack on your heel if experiencing pain.
  • Avoid wearing unsuitable footwear in the daytime such as high heels as this can slow down a speedy recovery.

Cure

Tecar Therapy

If the above fail to work then the next stage would be therapy. Tecar Therapy is a hyper oxygenation therapy that takes in extra oxygen to the inflicted area of the foot. Successful Tecar Therapy also helps to stretch the triceps.

Foot Biomechanics

If in the unlikelihood that Tecar therapy doesn’t work for a patient then foot biomechanics are recommended to help determine if a patient needs orthopaedic soles inserted to help better align their feet.