Why Is Plantar Fasciitis So Common In Runners
Ah, Plantar Fasciitis – a condition most runners fear!
And something we treat a lot here at ProSport Physiotherapy Clinic Huddersfield.
But despite the scary sounding name, Plantar Fasciitis is merely poorly understood by many people, and doesn’t deserve all of the fear surrounding it!
What Is Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis literally translated means inflammation of the plantar fascia.
The plantar fascia is a thick band of tissue in the sole of your foot. So plantar fasciitis merely means that that band has become inflamed.
Why Does It Happen?
When something becomes inflamed it’s usually because it’s working too hard. It’s being asked to do tasks that are beyond its capacity to do and, therefore, it complains!
This is usually because something elsewhere is not pulling its weight.
For example, perhaps the hamstring muscles behind the knee aren’t pulling their fair share of the load, so the calves have to work much harder which puts a strain on the plantar fascia.
This often happens in response to old injuries.
If you’ve ever sprained your ankle, for example, your body can develop some compensation strategies to protect the ankle but might put more load elsewhere.
Normally you can get by for so long, but eventually, the area that is taking up the slack is going to complain, especially if you up your training!
How Do I Fix It?
Rather than just rolling a tennis ball into the painful area (which can help short-term), to have quick and lasting results it’s important to find out the root cause of why that area is taking to much load in the first place.
Using the structured step-by-step system that World-Class Athletes and non-sporting people in
Huddersfield uses to Eliminate Plantar Fasciitis, you can get rid of the pain too.
Call our Huddersfield Physiotherapy Clinic on 01484 443173 to discover how!
P.S. Are you in training for your next Marathon and want to release unwanted tension, and improve your stride?