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Plantar fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis



Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain. It is caused by inflammation of the plantar fascia: a thick band of tissue that runs across the bottom of your foot and connects your heel bone to your toes.



  • Burning or stabbing pain that usually occurs with your first few steps in the morning.
  • Pain decreases as you get up and move more.
  • Pain is worse after exercise, not during exercise.
  • Warming and swelling of bottom of foot



  • Unknown in many cases.
  • Sometimes due to repetitive over-stretching and tearing
  • Presence of heel spur


Risk factors

  • Age of 40-60
  • Stressful exercise to your heel
    • long-distance running
    • ballistic jumping activities
    • ballet dancing and aerobic dance
  • Faulty foot mechanics
    • Flat feet
    • High foot arch
    • Abnormal gait pattern
  • Obesity
  • Occupations that involve prolonged standing and walking.


Physical therapy for plantar fasciitis


  • Self-massage: Use a tennis ball to massage the calf and planter fascia (back and forth)
  • Stretching exercise: Stretch your calf as shown below. Keep your back leg straight. Lean forward with hands on the wall. Hold for 20 seconds. Repeat 5 times.
  • Ice therapy if there is pain, increased warmth or swelling
  • Your therapist may provide shockwave therapy if indicated.
  • Your physician or physiotherapist may prescribe foot orthotics to you.

(All information provided is for reference only. Please contact your physiotherapist or physician should you have any enquiry)


The above information was produced by Physiotherapy Department, Canossa Hospital (Caritas).

Please call 28255392 for physiotherapy appointment