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Physio for plantar fasciitis

Physiotherapy can be a highly effective treatment for plantar fasciitis, a condition that affects approximately 10% of runners and accounts for 1% of all visits to orthopaedic surgeons.

The foot and ankle contain over 25% of the body’s bones, more than 100 muscles, tendons, and ligaments, and a network of blood vessels, nerves, skin, and soft tissue. These components work together to provide support, balance, shock absorption, and mobility. However, when the plantar fascia, the tissue that connects the heel bone to the toes, is tight and sore, foot function can be severely impacted.

Research indicates that it can take up to a year for recovery; but in most cases we can help you to get better far more quickly than that.  Typically, if you have plantar fasciitis, a physiotherapist will want to treat your foot; and it’s perfectly possible that your foot could be the true issue. But if you don’t get better from this approach, it’s equally possible that your plantar fascia could be irritated because it’s compensating for an issue in another area of the body – and that’s where I come in.

How I treat plantar fasciitis

My job is to work out whether the problem is coming from your foot itself, or whether it’s trying to compensate for a problem somewhere else in your body. Common issues that the foot tries to compensate for are weak glutes or stiff ribcages – though I’ve even seen foot problems that stemmed from neck issues. Each case of plantar fasciitis has its own specific cause, and therefore the best treatment for your plantar fasciitis may be completely different from the best treatment for someone else.

If the problem is genuinely coming from your foot, then we are likely to work on restoring normal alignment, biomechanics and control to the joints and muscles of the foot and calf area; and it’s possible that I may prescribe some temporary orthotic insoles to help to reduce pain, while you do some exercises to restore normal mobility and strength.  However, if the real issue is that your foot is compensating for a problem elsewhere in your body, then we’ll start by working on the underlying cause first.

Next steps for plantar fasciitis​ treatment

If the assessment session shows up a potentially more serious issue, then we may want to get some imaging (X-ray, ultrasound or MRI) so that we can see if there is any structural damage.

Or, if we find that the problem is not responding to conservative treatment, then we may decide to consider more invasive options and liaise with other healthcare professionals to arrange treatment such as corticosteroid injections or extracorporeal shockwave therapy, both of which have been shown to help in some cases of plantar fasciitis.

In very severe cases, it’s possible that surgery may be recommended to release the plantar fascia from the heel bone. However, surgery is a last resort and would only be recommended when conservative treatments have been exhausted.

Plantar fasciitis​ physio assessments are 90 minutes

Follow-up sessions if required are usually an hour – it’s important to me to be very thorough when it comes to foot physiotherapy, as I want to be the last foot physiotherapist you need.

Plantar fasciitis specialist - Client reviews

"Nell is a world class physio who always has my long term needs in mind. Nell has helped me with a number of injuries playing International rugby and various underlying tightness issues. Her approach is to fix the cause and not just the symptoms. I swear she's a wizard."
Fiona Pocock
"Well on my way to recovery thanks to Nell and her team! Highly recommend this super friendly team — Nell's method just works."
Dara J
"I've had many run-ins with both injury and physio in the past, and Nell is who I've stayed with for my health needs — she is quietly (and rightly) confident in her body-sleuthing, despite my bizarre body's attempts to outfox her, and I always leave our sessions with a new lease of movement."
A M

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As a leading plantar fasciitis physiotherapist in London, I regularly write about injuries, treatment and assessment techniques.

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