Your foot is a complex part of your body. There are so many bones, ligaments, tendons, muscles…it’s no surprise that injuries can occur in your foot.
Heel pain (plantar fasciitis), metatarsal fractures, tendon injuries and dropped arches are common causes of foot pain that Physiotherapy can help you with.
A foot focus – Plantar Fasciitis
Plantar Fasciitis is the most common foot injury that we see. The Plantar Fascia is a band of soft tissue extending from the heel to the base of the toes. Its drawstring like action gives our feet a strong platform to push off the ground as well as a relaxed one for when we land. When the Plantar Fascia experiences some kind of trauma or tearing, major discomfort is then felt, a pain known as Plantar Fasciitis.
So what causes Plantar Fasciitis?
There are a number of potential causes for this type of foot pain:
- Poor biomechanics – what we commonly call ‘flat feet’.
- Persistent, tight calf muscle and Achilles tendon.
- Sudden, high impact trauma.
- Changes in running routines.
- Changes in shoe type.
What are the symptoms?
- A sharp pain under the foot.
- Pain when bearing weight.
- First steps in the morning can often be very painful.
- Fullness, tightness and swelling under foot.
- Can be associated with heel spur pain.
How do you treat these foot injuries?
At Primary Physio, our professionals offer a biomechanical assessment of your walking/running to determine arch function, muscle contraction, ankle movement and whether an orthotic prescription is required. We’ll then provide you with an exercise program to ensure a return to normal life and exercise.