“It’s worse first thing in the morning or in the night when I get up.”
“It goes away when I walk but then returns when I rest or stand still.”
Why is it hurting?
Sudden damage, or damage that occurs over many months or years, can cause tiny tears (called microtears) to develop inside the tissue of the plantar fascia (the arch of the foot). This can cause the plantar fascia to thicken, and that results in heel pain. The surrounding tissue and the heel bone can also sometimes become inflamed.
Will further investigations be necessary?
Typically, no. A qualified Chiropractor or Physiotherapist will be able to diagnose this problem through a comprehensive examination of the foot and leg. However a diagnostic ultrasound can determine the thickening of the plantar fascia and analyse the extent of the damage.
What’s the outlook?
Plantar fasciitis can be self-limiting but will often persist over time without treatment. Rest, stretching (at the correct time), wearing supportive shoes can help to promote the healing process and get you back to pain-free movement.