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Plantar Fasciitis

April 22, 20242 min read

Suffering With Heel Pain? It Could Be Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis has become a dreaded word around Dublin, Ireland and the world at this point.


If you don’t know what it is, you might be one of the lucky people who have escaped it thus far, or it might be something that has just recently cropped up to annoy you. 

Patient's tell us that once they tell people that they have it, it appears that lots of others have also had it in the past


Where Would I Feel This Pain?

Plantar Fasciitis usually causes pain to the bottom of the heel but, Plantar Fasciitis can also cause pain, achy feet or tiredness in your arches or basically anywhere along the bottom of your feet.


The most common thing we hear when we meet a person with plantar fasciitis is that they are experiencing “pain first thing in the morning” or after their “tea break” at work. This is because, when you stand on the ground a structure in the bottom of your feet called "plantar fascia" is put under more strain than when you’re sitting/ lying. 

This means that when your plantar fascia is injured, your symptoms will normally be worse after rest.

Having said this, as Dublin is full of lots of hills and plenty of parks for walking, some people will experience quite significant pain later on in the evening or when they finally take the weight off their feet at night also.


Why Is It So Common?

Plantar Fasciitis is very common at present due to the nature of our lifestyle also. Generally we go from one extreme to the other when it comes to activity.  

Meaning that, during the week my muscle will tighten up into a shortened position as I am sitting and then, at the weekend they are forced to stretch beyond their capacity by spending much more time on my feet. Sound familiar? 

 If your muscles tighten up like this, the main structure which tries to make up for this is your Plantar Fascia. However, your Plantar Fascia is not made to stretch and this is where Plantar Fasciitis comes from. 

If you add in the different types of footwear to the mix from week to weekend you are sure to put the foot under adverse pressure.


Now that you understand a bit more about what might be causing your Plantar Fasciitis, I’m sure you are interested in what comes next...


Plantar Fasciitis can be difficult to treat but no one is beyond help and the key to getting better is to get help as soon as possible. 

Good news is that once you get help, there is no reason you shouldn’t be able to keep active and get back to roaming the streets of Dublin.


If you are suffering from Plantar Fasciitis Call us now on 📞01 9012009


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