Also known as “jogger’s heel,” plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the plantar fascia, the membrane that links the heel bone to the toes.  This thick, fibrous membrane supports the arch of the foot.


Inflammation is confined to the area where the fascia enters the bone.  It is caused when the fascia is stretched, which is mainly caused by excess weight, strenuous physical activity or imbalance in the gait.  It is often accompanied by pain in the heel that may radiate out to the arch of the foot.




Your podiatrist will determine the cause of the condition by examining the movement of the lower limbs and the feet.  Depending on the results, the following treatments may be considered:


• Suspending or adjusting physical activities temporarily;
• Applying ice on the heel several times a day;
• Regular stretching and relaxing exercises;
• Manual therapy, ultra-sound or laser treatments;
• Pads for the heels;
• Plantar orthoses;
• Medication, anti-inflammatory capsules;
• Cortisone injections in the heel.


In most cases, plantar orthoses are necessary in the treatment.


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Source : Ordre des podiatres du Québec

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