The plantar fascia is a thin web of ligament which stretches from the heel to the front of the foot. The painful condition of plantar fasciitis can occur due to repetitive strain or from a single acute injury.
Factors which contribute to development of plantar fasciitis include:
- Prolonged walking or running on hard surfaces
- A change to training, including increased distance, incline or speed
- A tendency to over pronate the foot
- Flat feet or high arches
- Poorly fitting shoes
- Tight lower leg muscles
Plantar fasciitis is characterised by inflammation and irritation of the plantar fascia. Pain is worst first thing in the morning, or after a period of rest and gradually eases with movement. In some cases there will also be a calcaneal(heel) bone spur present.
Plantar fasciitis responds well to acupuncture treatment; and in most cases that are without complications, a course of treatment will provide lasting pain relief.
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