Plantar Fasciitis – What is it, and How to Treat it It

Jennifer Symeplantar fasciitis

What is Plantar Fasciitis? Plantar fasciitis is a very common condition affecting the feet. It is due to inflammation of the ‘fascia’ which is the band of tissue that runs along the sole of your feet. (The Myofascial Release treatment I do (MFR) works specifically on this fascia which is found throughout the body). It usually begins with severe pain in the heels, (usually people describe this as ‘stabbing’ or ‘sharp and throbbing’). Over time this can spread to the whole foot. How do you know if you have Plantar Fasciitis? It is worse in the mornings, people often struggle to walk when they first get up. Feet and ankles will be very stiff The pain is specifically in the heel (often just along from it) and extends along the foot. It generally eases with gentle movement but will worsen with too much standing or walking. There are other problems that can cause pains in the feet so if your pain is constant, or in a different part of the foot it probably isn’t PF and will need a different treatment. Plantar Fasciitis is very common, especially in the 40-60 age group, and also in runners or people who stand a lot. I am in several running groups on Facebook and it comes up a lot in conversations. As with a lot of things on social media, there are many different ‘helpful’ suggestions bandied about, but what the non-professional often misses is that the main source of the problem is … Read More