Plantar Fasciitis

Got plantar fasciitis? Greenbell Clinic offers specialized treatment to help you find relief. Plantar fasciitis treatment is like a targeted solution to soothe that bothersome pain in your feet. Our experts will identify the cause and use gentle methods to ease the discomfort. It’s a bit like giving your feet a comforting massage. Whether it’s from standing too much or wearing unsupportive shoes, our approach is designed to get you walking comfortably again. Visit Greenbell Clinic, and let us help you bid farewell to plantar fasciitis and welcome back a more pain-free stride.

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is a common foot condition characterized by inflammation of the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot, connecting the heel bone to the toes. The plantar fascia supports the arch of the foot and acts as a shock absorber during walking or running. Plantar fasciitis can cause heel pain, especially with the first steps in the morning or after periods of inactivity. The exact cause of plantar fasciitis is often multifactorial, and several factors can contribute to its development.

At Greenbell Medical Clinic, we acknowledge the nature of plantar fasciitis. Our approach involves a combination of therapies, including physical therapy, to alleviate pain, improve foot mechanics, and promote healing.

Understanding the Condition

  • Prevalence: Plantar fasciitis is a common foot condition, affecting around 10% of the population. It is more prevalent in individuals aged 40-60 and is slightly more common in women than men.
  • Signs and Symptoms: Pain is sharp and stabbing, concentrated in the heel. Discomfort may increase after prolonged standing or walking.
  • Complication: Without intervention, plantar fasciitis can become chronic, leading to persistent pain and potential alterations in walking patterns.

Etiology and Risk Factors

  • Overuse or excessive strain: Repetitive activities that put stress on the plantar fascia, such as prolonged standing, walking, running, or activities with increased impact, can lead to microtears and inflammation.
  • Foot mechanics and structure: Abnormal foot mechanics, such as flat feet (pronation) or high arches, can alter the distribution of weight and pressure on the feet, contributing to plantar fasciitis.
  • Improper footwear: Wearing shoes with inadequate arch support, poor cushioning, or inadequate shock absorption can increase the risk of plantar fasciitis.
  • Tight calf muscles and Achilles tendon: Tightness in the calf muscles and Achilles tendon can affect the flexibility of the foot and increase strain on the plantar fascia.
  • Obesity or weight gain: Excess body weight places additional stress on the feet and can contribute to the development of plantar fasciitis.
  • Age: Plantar fasciitis is more common in middle-aged individuals, though it can affect people of all ages.
  • Occupational factors: Jobs that require prolonged periods of standing or walking on hard surfaces may increase the risk of plantar fasciitis.
  • Biomechanical factors: Abnormalities in the gait or walking pattern can contribute to increased stress on the plantar fascia.
  • Certain activities: Participation in activities with sudden increases in intensity or duration, such as long-distance running or sudden changes in physical activity, may contribute to plantar fasciitis.
  • Poor foot support: Wearing shoes with inadequate arch support or walking barefoot on hard surfaces can strain the plantar fascia.

Service and Treatment

Our physiotherapy services for plantar fasciitis typically encompass a holistic approach, combining rest, ice application, targeted stretching exercises, the recommendation of supportive footwear, utilization of orthotic inserts, manual therapy, and biomechanical assessments aided by advanced technology. In more severe cases, advanced treatments like shock wave therapy may be recommended. Our main objective extends beyond pain relief to include the prevention of recurrence. We are committed to providing comprehensive care tailored to each individual’s needs.


Plantar fasciitis is often caused by overuse, improper footwear, high-impact activities, or underlying biomechanical issues. Physiotherapy aims to address these factors and alleviate symptoms.

While complete cure is not always guaranteed, physiotherapy is highly effective in managing and significantly reducing the symptoms of plantar fasciitis. Treatment focuses on reducing inflammation, improving flexibility, and strengthening the foot muscles.

Physiotherapists often prescribe stretching and strengthening exercises for the calf muscles, Achilles tendon, and intrinsic foot muscles. These exercises aim to improve flexibility and provide better support to the arch of the foot.

The duration varies from person to person, but many individuals experience improvement within a few weeks of consistent physiotherapy, including home exercises and lifestyle modifications.

While rest is essential initially, complete inactivity can lead to stiffness. Physiotherapy often involves guidance on modifying activities and incorporating exercises that do not exacerbate the condition.

Yes, physiotherapists may recommend orthotics or shoe inserts to provide additional support and cushioning. Customized orthotics can be particularly beneficial in correcting foot mechanics and reducing strain on the plantar fascia.

Physiotherapists may advise on lifestyle changes, including proper footwear, stretching routines, and avoiding activities that contribute to overuse. Maintaining a healthy weight can also reduce the strain on the feet.

Yes, physiotherapy interventions often include targeted stretches and exercises to alleviate morning heel pain. Additionally, techniques to reduce inflammation and improve foot mechanics may be employed.

Ice is generally recommended for plantar fasciitis to reduce inflammation. Your physiotherapist can provide guidance on proper ice application techniques and the appropriate use of heat for muscle relaxation if needed.

Plantar fasciitis is a condition marked by inflammation of the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue connecting the heel bone to the toes. The inflammation often leads to heel pain, particularly noticeable during the morning or after extended periods of rest.

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