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What is Plantar Fasciitis

what is plantar fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain in both runners and non-runners, with approximately 10% of people suffering from plantar fasciitis once in their life.

The plantar fascia is a thick fibrous band of connective tissues starting from the bottom of your heel bone, extending along the sole of the foot towards the toes. It is a condition affecting the ligaments in the sole of the feet that causes pain in the heel and arch. When your plantar fascia develops tears and becomes inflamed or painful it is known as plantar fasciitis.

Causes of plantar fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is a condition or injury that can often occur without any apparent reason or cause. Although some of the most common causes are impact and running sports or long periods of weight bearing on your feet. Another common cause of plantar fasciitis is individuals with poor foot biomechanics that can stress out the plantar fascia tissue. Flat feet or weaker arch control can also be common cause of plantar fasciitis.

The strain injury to the plantar fascia can be from excessive running or walking or landing incorrectly on the heel of the foot.

As poor foot biomechanics is often the primary cause of plantar fasciitis it is important that a physiotherapist thoroughly assess and address your foot and lower limb biomechanics to prevent plantar fasciitis from developing again. Our team at NDPE, are highly experienced in biomechanic foot assessments, treating a range of sporting injuries by using our Gait Analysis and Correction methods.

During your initial assessment we will use physical treatment to restore normal motion of the joints, and loosen the plantar fascia to release tension. Furthermore, our experienced physiotherapists at NDPE will teach you rehabilitation exercises to build strength and quicken your recovery.

We also have new state of the art treatment called “Game Ready” which is being used worldwide by leading Orthopaedic Surgeons, Sports Physicians and of course Physiotherapists to aid in the recovery of common sporting injuries.

Game ready will give you the best, most advanced, most effective therapeutic options for healing and recovering faster. This type of treatment has been clinically proven to give you the best results possible; using cold compression to accelerate the body’s natural repair mechanisms.

To reduce strain, activities which aggravate the condition will need to be limited or avoided for a period of time. Orthotics may also assist in reducing pressure on the heel and plantar fascia.


If you are suffering from plantar fasciitis pain, then you can trust one of our experienced physiotherapists at NDPE. Whether you are dealing with a severe injury, high level rehabilitation following a severe injury or post surgery, our team will devise a specific treatment plan tailored to your exact needs.  Call NDPE on 02 9874 8410.

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