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Plantar Fasciitis and Heel Pain

Plantar Fasciitis and Heel Pain


Plantar Fasciitis (often misspelled as ‘ Plantar Fascitis’ or Planter Fascitis) also called “policeman’s heel” is a painful inflammatory condition of the foot.

Plantar Fasciitis Symptoms:

The pain usually is felt on the underside of the heel, and is often most intense with your first steps when getting out of bed in the morning. Plantar Fasciitis is presented by a sharp stabbing pain at the bottom or front of the heel bone. In most cases, heel pain is more severe following periods of inactivity when getting up and then subsides, turning into a dull ache.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

This common foot complaint is mainly caused by abnormal pronation of the foot.

Contributing Factors Include:

  • Obesity
  • Weight gain
  • Jobs that require a lot of walking or standing on hard surfaces
  • Badly worn shoes with little support
  • Inactivity

As a result of over-pronation with every step you take the Plantar Fascia (band of tissue under the foot) is being stretched, resulting in inflammation, irritation and pain at the attachment of the fascia into the heel bone. In some cases the pain is felt under the foot, in the arch area.

Continuous pulling of the fascia at the heel bone, eventually may lead to the development of bony growth on the heel. This is called a Heel Spur.

During rest (e.g. when you’re asleep), the plantar fascia tightens and shortens. When body weight is rapidly applied to the foot, the fascia must stretch and quickly lengthen, causing micro-tearing of the tissue. Hence, the pain is more severe with your first steps in the morning or after sitting for a long period.

Longstanding cases of plantar fasciitis often demonstrate more degenerative changes to the connective tissue than inflammatory changes, in which case they are termed plantar fasciosis. The plantar fascia is a thick fibrous band of connective tissue originating on the bottom surface of the calcaneus (heel bone) and extending along the sole of the foot towards the five toes.


At VitaPhysical, there are different approaches to treating Plantar Fasciitis. Jason our osteopath treats people with this problem with great success and he will devise the most suitable approach to correcting your problem and returning you to normal everyday activities.

Treatment options include specific stretching techniques, footwear analysis/advice, corrective exercises, massage techniques and Ultrasound Treatment.

For more information and guidance don’t hesitate to call us on 0191 565 8886.

The information provided is for general guidance only and must not be used for diagnosis or treatment of a health problem. This information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice.


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