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Plantar fasciitis occurs when the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot, becomes inflamed or irritated.


It is a common condition that causes heel pain and discomfort.

Here are four frequently asked questions about plantar fasciitis and how Blueprint Podiatry can help:

What are the common symptoms of plantar fasciitis?

The most common symptom of plantar fasciitis is heel pain, especially when taking the first steps in the morning or after periods of rest. The pain is often described as a sharp or stabbing sensation in the heel or along the arch of the foot. The pain may improve with movement but can worsen after prolonged standing or activity.

What causes plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis can be caused by various factors, including overuse or repetitive stress on the plantar fascia, biomechanical issues, improper footwear, or a change/increase in load.

How can Blueprint Podiatry help with plantar fasciitis?

Blueprint Podiatry can provide a comprehensive assessment of your foot mechanics, gait, and footwear to identify any underlying factors contributing to your plantar fasciitis. They can develop a tailored treatment plan that may include stretching and strengthening exercises, load management/modification techniques to reduce stress on the plantar fascia, orthotic therapy to support the foot if needed, footwear recommendations, and other modalities such as taping. They will also provide education on self-management techniques to alleviate symptoms and prevent recurrence.

How long does it take to recover from plantar fasciitis?

The recovery time for plantar fasciitis varies for each individual, depending on the severity of the condition and adherence to treatment recommendations. With proper management and lifestyle modifications, most individuals experience significant improvement within a few months. However, it is important to continue with load management/modification techniques, as well as the prescribed treatment plan, to promote healing and prevent future flare-ups.

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