Plantar fascia pain Aka ‘Runners heel’

The plantarfascia is the layer of tissue between the skin and the muscles on the sole of the feet. Its role is to support the arch of the foot. The arch is especially important during ‘foot strike’ and ‘toe off’ during walking and especially running.

Plantar fascia pain is the most commonly reported heel pain in runners. Commonly described as stepping on a piece of lego; the pain is usually a sharp stabbing pain in the heel and/or along the arch of the foot. Pain and stiffness is usually worse in the morning or after sitting for prolonged periods as the arch tightens up and is then put under load when stiff.  With activity the pain typically is worse initially then eases, but comes back afterwards with a vengeance.

Jogger with hurt anklePlantar fascia pain is seen in sedentary and active populations. In runners it can be caused by over-training, tight calf muscles, changes in footwear or changes of training surface.  It is often ignored for a period of time rendering it a more chronic inflammatory response that can be harder to reverse.  However there is a growing body of research into successful management options including specific stretches, targeted strength programmes and treatments such as shockwave therapy.

If you are a runner or are plagued by persistent heel pain that isn’t going away then get in touch with the team at Healthzone to get on the road to recovery.  You won’t have to go around stepping on pieces of lego any more!