Plantar Fasciitis is a common foot injury associated with activities that require jumping, running or repetitive loading. Most athletes will experience pain on the base of the heel or arch,when landing or pushing off, especially with the first steps in the morning. There may be stiffness associated with it before it starts to ease. It is an inflammation of the plantar fascia insertion into the heel. This can occur due to over training, dramatic increased loading over a short time span, weak foot stabilisers, tight calf and foot muscles, or an imbalance in the muscles above the ankle.
Using ice, stretching and decreasing training loads can be enough to resolve the inflammation if caught early. Chronic conditions may benefit from dry needling or shockwave therapy. Foot taping techniques are used to support the plantar fascia or correct foot biomechanics can ease the pain while exercising, however, muscle strength and lengthening programs are needed for full resolution.
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