What is Plantar Fasciitis

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What is Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain in both runners and non-runners, with approximately 10% of people suffering from plantar fasciitis once in their life.

The plantar fascia is a thick fibrous band of connective tissues starting from the bottom of your heel bone, extending along the sole of the foot towards the toes. It is a condition affecting the ligaments in the sole of the feet that causes pain in the heel and arch. When your plantar fascia develops tears and becomes inflamed or painful it is known as plantar fasciitis.

Causes of plantar fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is a condition or injury that can often occur without any apparent reason or cause. Although some of the most common causes are impact and running sports or long periods of weight bearing on your feet. Another common cause of plantar fasciitis is individuals with poor foot biomechanics that can stress out the plantar fascia tissue. Flat feet or weaker arch control can also be a common cause of plantar fasciitis.

The strain injury to the plantar fascia can be from excessive running or walking or landing incorrectly on the heel of the foot.

Treatment for plantar fasciitis

As poor foot biomechanics is often the primary cause of plantar fasciitis it is important that a physiotherapist thoroughly assess and address your foot and lower limb biomechanics to prevent plantar fasciitis from developing again. Our team at Northern Spinal, are highly experienced in biomechanical foot assessments, treating a range of sporting injuries by using our Gait Analysis and Correction methods.

During your initial assessment we will use physical treatment to restore normal motion of the joints, and loosen the plantar fascia to release tension. Furthermore, our experienced Osteopaths, Chiropractors, Physiotherapists & Podiatrists at Northern Spinal will teach you rehabilitation exercises to build strength and quicken your recovery.

To reduce strain, activities which aggravate the condition will need to be limited or avoided for a period of time. Orthotics may also assist in reducing pressure on the heel and plantar fascia.


If you are suffering from plantar fasciitis pain, then you can trust one of our experienced practitioners at Northern Spinal. Whether you are dealing with a severe injury, high-level rehabilitation following a severe injury or post-surgery, our team will devise a specific treatment plan tailored to your exact needs.  Call us now on 03 9470 1010 to book an appointment at our Melbourne CBD & Reservoir clinic.