Plantar Fasciitis

Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis

A sharp pain in the centre of your heel is likely to be the main symptoms of plantar fasciitis.  A classic sign of plantar fasciitis is that the pain is at its worst during the first few steps you take in the morning. It can also be triggered by long periods of standing or getting up from a seated position.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

The plantar fascia acts like a shock-absorbing bowstring, supporting the arch in your foot, if the tension becomes too great, small tears can occur in the fascia. Repetitive stretching and tearing can cause the fascia to become irritated or inflamed.

Plantar fasciitis can develop when your feet roll in too far as you take each step. This rolling in is known as over-pronation and can happen for a number of reasons. It may be due to excessive weight gain, pregnancy, sudden bouts of physical activity, tight calf muscles, poor biomechanics or wearing unsupportive, flat footwear. When your feet over-pronate, your arches can collapse, putting strain on the tissues in the bottom of your feet.

What we do to help reduce your symptoms

Our protocol to reduce pain is to use acupuncture on the trigger points in and around the heel and lower leg and then to use Kineso–Tape. As you start to improve, we will show you how to tape your foot up yourself in between treatments. 

''After a period of being in absolute agony I made an appointment to see Penny. I had previously consulted her regarding back pain but on this occasion I was having problems with my foot. She administered acupuncture and kinesiology tape which worked wonders''. Daphne

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