We have all been there, neglected a niggle in our foot and told ourselves that it would probably go away. Weeks have passed, even months, and it’s only getting worse. Then finally, when we are hobbling around barely able to walk, we decide to seek help…

Well, at Achilles Foot Clinic, we are here to help you.

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Don't Let Plantar Fasciitis Steal Your Steps: Causes, Symptoms & Solutions

May 13, 20241 min read

Plantar fasciitis – the name itself can strike fear into the hearts of walkers, runners, and anyone who spends a significant amount of time on their feet. But fear not! Here at Achilles Foot Clinic, we're here to shed light on this common condition, empowering you to understand its causes, symptoms, and risk factors.

The Plantar Fascia: The Hero (When Healthy)

Imagine a thick band of tissue stretching from your heel to your toes – that's the plantar fascia. This unsung hero acts as a shock absorber and supporter for the arch of your foot. It endures tremendous stress with every step you take.

When the Hero Gets Hurt: The Causes of Plantar Fasciitis

Unfortunately, overuse or repetitive strain can damage this vital tissue. Microtears can develop, leading to inflammation and the dreaded heel pain associated with plantar fasciitis.

The Telltale Signs: Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis

  • Sharp pain in the heel, especially in the morning or after long periods of sitting

  • Pain that improves with light activity but worsens with prolonged standing or walking

  • Stiffness in the heel, particularly noticeable upon waking

Are You Prone to Plantar Fasciitis? Risk Factors to Consider

While anyone can develop plantar fasciitis, some factors increase the risk:

  • Age: It's more common between 40 and 60 years old.

  • Foot Mechanics: Flat feet, high arches, or tight calf muscles can contribute.

  • Weight: Excess weight puts extra stress on the plantar fascia.

  • Activity Level: Repetitive high-impact activities like running can be a trigger.

  • Footwear: Shoes with poor arch support can exacerbate the problem.

Don't Let Plantar Fasciitis Stop You in Your Tracks

If you suspect plantar fasciitis, don't suffer in silence. At Achilles Foot Clinic, our experienced podiatrists can diagnose the condition and create a personalised treatment plan to get you back on your feet pain-free.

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