Plantar Fasciitis

plantar-fasciitisPlantar fasciitis is one cause of heel pain.


Pain gradually develops on the under surface of the heel.


The plantar fascia is a thick, fibrous band of connective tissue. Its starts on the inner and under surface of the heel. It runs along the sole of the foot like a fan, being attached at its other end to the base of each of the toes.


It is a tough, resilient structure that has a number of critical functions during running and walking:


  • It stabilises the joints in the ball of the foot during impact with the ground.
  • It acts as a shock absorber for the entire leg.
  • It forms the longitudinal arch of the foot and helps to lift the arch to prepare it for the 'take-off' phase of walking.

Degenerative changes from repetitive over load of this tissue are called plantar fasciitis.


Plantar fasciitis can produce severe foot pain. It is worsened by weight bearing especially standing on tip toe.


It can be painfull after a period of rest particularly a night’s sleep when the foot has been in a position of plantar flexion (toes pointed downwards which occurs with the weight of bed covers on the feet.


Plantar fasciitis is a condition that can be treated by Osteopaths but treatment can be hindered if the patient's occupation requires them to be standing for more than 8 hours a day.


For more information about the treatment of Plantar Fasciitis, contact Princes Avenue Osteopathic Clinic today