The infamous "jogger’s heel" or plantar fasciitis is a common disorder that causes many people to feel pain in the heel and sole of their foot.1 We all put too much stress on our feet from time to time – whether it’s standing for long periods, overdoing the exercise, wearing the wrong footwear or even gaining weight. These can all cause discomfort. We share our effective tips that you can use to help soothe the pain.
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The plantar fascia is a thick band of connective tissue that runs along the base of the foot, from heel bone to toes.1 The tough, resilient structure helps it maintain the arch of your foot, absorb shock for the entire leg and stabilise the metatarsal joints during impact with the ground.2 When this tissue becomes damaged, the clinical term for the condition is Plantar Fasciitis.2
Pain tends to start gradually, often just in the heel, but can sometimes be felt along the whole plantar fascia.1,3 Symptoms are normally worse in the morning and mostly after, rather than during activity involving your foot.1
Plantar fasciitis can develop in people who spend a long time on their feet, either standing, walking, or practicing sports that involve a lot of running and jumping. People with high arches or those with very flat feet can also develop pain in this region.1-3
Some of us may have feet that are more likely to suffer Plantar Fasciitis, but other risk factors include:1-3
Self-treatment initially involves offloading pressure from the plantar fascia to provide relief. Here are some tips that can help with prevention:1-3
If the above advice doesn’t work and you’re in a lot of pain and discomfort, or finding it difficult to walk, please contact your local healthcare professional for further medical advice. They may recommend orthotics, including insoles.