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I am a chartered physiotherapist and lecturer in Biomechanics. Physiotherapy treatment frequently helps people suffering with plantar fasciitis. Assessment will incorporate a musculo-skeletal assessment and biomechanical analysis of your walking/running paterns. Treatment is geared to the CAUSE of your problem, which might incorporate any number of the following:

1. Tight calf muscles / tight long toe muscles / tight plantar fascia

2. Prolonged/excesssive or fast and high pressure pronation of the foot

3. Poor footwear - e.g. shoes with little support to the arch

4. Restricted joints e.g. subtaloid joints (between heel and ankle)

5. Poor core stability of your muscles around the hip and pelvis

6. Malalignment syndromes

7. Spinal problems

8. Overuse - related to activities/sport

and much more

Treatment might include electrotherapy such as Laser/Ultrasound/ Interferential / myofascial acupuncture - for pain relief; stretches, manipulation, exercise therapy, strapping, footwear and overuse injury advice and self-help exercises.


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    Hi thank for your comments

    I have just been told i have pf but my symtoms are a burning sensation in the arch of my foot (i have a large instep)I have been doing a lot of gym work and dont want to stop. Can you give me any tips on how i can self help.The doctor has given be Ibuleve. with the possiblity of sterold injection!

    Many thanks Julie W

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    Don't advise injections, I have had two to little effect. Have just seen a podiatrist, very good. Ice after exercise.

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    PF. This has been a problem for me for a year now, So far I have had special Insoles, Acupuncture, physio massage, ultrasound & radio therapy (8 sessions 1 after the other spread out over 8 days then a six week break and a further 8 sessions repeated). I got this injury from overuse and my fitness has dropped considerably. I used to run 8 miles in 1Hr 4mins. Now I struggle to get out of bed in the morning, I walk a lot and my job keeps me on my feet all the time. I can no longer carry weight and I am starting to get really fed up with this condition. I have now been offered a 3 week intensive Rehab programme and the possibility of Cortizone? I dont have a problem with the rehab programme but should I accept the cortizone? Please help.:headhurts:

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    I have been told by my doctor that i have PF, but i am not sure. A chiropodist advised me to ask to see a consultant as they were concerned about the pain i get in my back from this. My feet hurt when i have been on them for about 2 hrs, it hurts in the arch of my feet, the pain than spreads to my lower back and this is really painful. I tend to leam my feet outwards to releive the pain. The pain stops not long after i take my weight off them, which seems different to other sufferers on this page.

    The pain is unusual and feels like it is in the bone. My heels do hurt in a morning and i do walk like on hot coals to the bathroom, but this only lasts for a few mins. My back also hurts in a morning, i had the backache before the foot pains. Resting my feet makes no difference because as i said i only get the pain after about 2 hrs. My job does not entail me standing on my feet for long periods. YOur views would be very much appreciated.

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