Osteopathy for Plantar Fasciitis

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What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is like the unwelcome guest that overstays its welcome in your foot. This annoying condition involves inflammation of the plantar fascia, a tough band of tissue that should mind its own business supporting the arch of your foot. From the heel bone to the toe, it’s the troublemaker causing heel pain, especially in the middle-aged crew and those stuck standing around, like soldiers. Talk about a heel of a problem!

Causes Of Plantar Fasciitis

This condition arises when excessive pressure strains and tears the plantar fascia, causing irritation or inflammation. Contributing factors encompass obesity, foot arch problems, activities like long-distance running or ballet, and improper footwear.

Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis

The hallmark symptom is a stabbing pain near the heel’s bottom, intensifying with the first steps after waking and potentially recurring after prolonged standing.

Here are the specific symptoms that indicate it may be plantar fasciitis:

  • Morning Pain: Taking those first steps after a blissful rest or prolonged sitting is like signing up for a wake-up call from hell.
  • Exercise Relief: While the pain may temporarily improve during physical activity, it often returns after periods of rest.
  • Difficulty Raising Toes: Raising toes becomes a mission impossible—good luck with that!

Additionally, you might experience localised tenderness, swelling, or redness in the affected area. If you identify with these symptoms, it’s advisable to consider osteopathy for plantar fasciitis as a potential cause of your foot pain. 

Osteopathy & Other Treatment Options

Opting for osteopathy provides a non-drug, long-term relief approach, distinguishing it as an effective choice amidst various treatment options:

  • Medications: While conventional medications like non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and corticosteroid injections offer targeted relief, osteopathy stands out for its drug-free approach.
  • Rest and Ice: Osteopathy complements the conventional method of reducing or avoiding activities that worsen pain by focusing on holistic healing, incorporating tailored strategies for lasting relief.
  • Supportive Measures: Osteopathy aligns with the use of night splints, supportive shoes, and custom orthotics, emphasizing the importance of these measures in tandem with osteopathic treatments for optimal results.
  • Physical Therapy: Our skilled osteopaths integrate specialized exercises into the treatment plan, concentrating on both stretching the plantar fascia and fortifying relevant muscles for comprehensive and enduring relief.
  • Innovative Therapies: In conjunction with traditional methods, osteopathy explores innovative therapies like extracorporeal shock wave therapy, providing diverse options for stimulating healing.

While surgical intervention may be considered in certain cases, osteopathy emerges as a forefront choice for those seeking a non-pharmacological and sustainable approach to alleviating plantar fasciitis discomfort.

Your Path to Relief

Dr Phil Austin and our esteemed team specialise in addressing Osteopathy for Plantar Fasciitis comprehensively. We prioritise your well-being. Forget the one-size-fits-all approaches; we tailor our treatments to your unique needs, cutting through the noise of conventional solutions.

Our proficient team excels in diagnosing plantar fasciitis by meticulously examining factors like foot arch, tenderness, swelling, and stiffness.

Dr. Austin, with over 25 years of experience, leads a team that doesn’t just understand plantar fasciitis; we dissect it, pinpointing the root cause with precision.

Discover Osteopathy – a non-drug, sustainable solution that empowers you to step into a life free from the clutches of plantar fasciitis. No gimmicks, no empty promises – just a straightforward commitment to your well-being.


What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

Osteopathy for Plantar Fasciitis results from abnormal forces on the foot, often exacerbated by factors like obesity, weight gain, and occupations involving prolonged walking or standing on hard surfaces. Worn shoes with inadequate support can further contribute to the condition.

What Happens if Left Untreated?
Ignoring plantar fasciitis symptoms increases the risk of chronic heel pain. Long-term discomfort may lead to altered gait, impacting the rest of the foot, knees, hips, and back.
How Can I Help Myself?
Most individuals can recover from plantar fasciitis with rest, ice application, stretches, and NSAIDs to alleviate pain and reduce inflammation. In cases where these measures prove insufficient, alternative interventions may be explored under professional guidance.