Have I got Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is often described as heel pain.

It is regularly diagnosed when you describe pain on the bottom of your foot. The most painful / sensitive area is generally around your heel and arch.

It’s thought around 1 in 10 people will suffer from Plantar Fasciitis during their lifetime.

It is most found in women, and people between the ages of 40-60 are more susceptible.

A high number of sufferers will find standing up after waking in the morning as one of the most painful episodes when suffering from Plantar Fasciitis. 

Research tells us that Plantar fasciitis is caused by straining the part of your foot that connects your heel bone to your toes known as the (plantar fascia).

It’s not always clear why this happens but some suggestions could be due to lifestyle changes. Even things like exercising on firmer surfaces or adding additional stress and strain to an existing injury for example in the calf or heel could cause the onset of Plantar Fasciitis.

In most cases Plantar fasciitis can be easily managed and the pain will disappear within a couple of weeks. One of our most popular insole for treating plantar fasciitis is the X-Line PF insole.

Recommendations for treatment are often listed below.

  • Apply rest and elevate your foot off the floor
  • Apply an ice pack (or a cold substitute) wrapped in a towel onto the painful area for up to 20 minutes every 2 to 3 hours
  • Avoid if possible, using narrow or slim fitting shoes, wear wide comfortable shoes with a low heel and soft sole
  • Wear soft supportive insoles or heel pads in your shoes
  • regular gentle stretching exercise 
  • Swimming is a good way to exercise as its removing any direct pressure away from the sole
  • Take recommended painkillers to reduce the symptoms but avoid using Ibuprofen for the first 48 hours

It would be recommended to contact your GP or clinical specialist if after trying unsuccessfully to self-manage the symptoms don’t improve.

  • Should the pain become more severe or stopping you doing normal daily activities
  • If you feel the pain is getting worse or keeps coming back
  • The pain has not improved after treating it yourself for 2 weeks or more
  • You have any tingling or loss of feeling in your foot
  • You have diabetes – Due to the nature of the condition foot problems can be more serious if you have diabetes
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