Planter Fasciitis (Heel Pain)

Sometimes called 'The Policemans Heel'. This pain is caused by the overstretching and sometimes tearing of the fascia. The fascia is a strong band of tissue which stretches under the sole of the foot from the heel to the toes. It supports the arch and also acts as a shock absorber in the foot. The pain is often located in the centre of the heel, or it can sometimes occur on the inside edge of the heel. Pain is most often present in the morning when the feet are first placed on the ground or after sitting for a time and then standing. Excessive activity - long walks, running and sports can very often initiate this problem.

Feet which pronate excessively (fall inwards and flatten) or feet which have limited ankle flexibility and a tight achilles tendon are particularly prone to Planter Fasciitis. When the muscles around the heel and along the long arch are constantly stressed and stretched tight with just everyday walking, then it doesn't take much to injure the area. Taking up a sport for the first time for example, going on a particularly long hilly walk, or upping your running distance because you are training for a race, can be all it takes to create this injury.


Recovery from Planter Faciitis takes many weeks, sometimes months. Initially we would recommend a gentle stretching programme. Gentle stretching of the area has consistently proved very effective in aiding recover.

The use of a heel lift to offload weight, and a gel heel cup complete with the wearing of trainers with good shock attenuation, can really assist with the pain whilst the area heals. Here at Dorset Biomechanics we have also found that deep tissue therapy is very effective.

If the pain is extremely severe an ultra sound guided injection is very often effective in relieving the symtoms and assisting recovery, and we would refer you to our local Orthopeadic Surgeon for this treatment.

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