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February 2013

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Plantar Fasciitis

The plantar fascia is a broad ligament that supports the medial arch of the foot. It attaches to the calcaneum (heel) and runs along the foot and inserts into the base of the toes. In sports such as running and dancing the plantar fascia can be  exposed to repetitive overuse and results in inflammation. Plantar fasciitis (PF) commonly results in pain over the heel or over the in-step of the foot. Pain and stiffness is often worse in the morning and improves with movement.
The cause of plantar fasciitis is often due to poor foot mechanics characterised by excessive foot pronation (rolling in). Calf tightness, lower limb malalignment and irritation of the tibial nerve can contribute to the problem. 
Research has shown that obesity, reduced ankle movement and occupations that require prolonged weight bearing are associated risk factors for developing PF.
Treatment consists of correcting faulty foot mechanics with taping or orthotics. Using a heel cup to offload the the plantar fascia can be helpful along with avoidance of aggravating activities. Calf stretching, anti-inflammatories and icing can also help to reduce the acute symptoms. Steroid injections may be used in severe or recalcitrant cases.
All physica staff are experienced in treating PF. We will diagnose your problem and assess your foot mechanics with our GaitScan technology. From here we can prescribe a custom made orthotic to address your biomechanical problem.
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Physica News

Nicole Hasseldine at our Ringwood practice has recently attended a course on pilates for balance disorders and falls. The workshop was run last Friday by staff at Monash University. As a result, Nicole will be running a new high level balance calss in our pilates gym. Please enquire at the front desk to find out more or email Nicole,


Sian Smale will be working part-time this year as she is  completing her Masters of Physiotherapy Degree at Melbourne University. We wish her well with her challenging year ahead.

The team at Physica wish you and your family good health. If there is anything we can do to help you with your aches and pains, fitness or general health please do not hesitate to contact us.

Physica Spinal and Physiotherapy Clinics
25 Wantirna Rd
Ringwood Vic 3134
ph 9870 8193

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