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Plantar Fasciitis – The Painful foot!

Plantar Fasciitis – The Painful foot!

Plantar Fasciitis


  • Runners
  • Jobs which are on your feet all day
  • Middle – older aged when the arch gets weaker
  • Pregnant women
  • Diabetics


Your plantar fascia is a thick band of tissue that supports your foot, running from the heel to the toes. The role of the Plantar Fascia is simply to prevent the arch from collapsing. Plantar fasciitis is the fancy term given to inflammation of the arch in your foot.


People who experience plantar fasciitis will generally first notice pain under their heel or in their arch of the foot in the morning or after a period of inactivity/rest. Most people who suffer plantar fasciitis will have pain for the first few steps and once the tissue is warmed up the pain will ease. However, if this is left untreated the duration of pain can be longer lasting, even to the point where pain occurs 24/7 due to the inflammation in the foot.


The most common cause of plantar fasciitis is in individuals with poor foot and lower limb biomechanics. The poor biomechanics are generally associated with weakness in the hips, knee or foot arch muscles and it is likely that there will be restrictions in multiple areas. It has been known for plantar fasciitis to develop from traumatic events that lead to bruising of the heel or arch of the foot, however this is less common than the overuse type plantar fasciitis.

The management

Your local Move Forward physiotherapist will assess your lower quadrant in detail to determine the exact contributing factors for your presentation. From here they will advise you of the best path forward and prescribe you with an individualised treatment management plan in order to provide the most efficient and effective rehabilitation for you. It may include the following:

  • Massage
  • Dry needling
  • Manipulation
  • Mobilisations
  • Stretches
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Heat / Ice packs
  • Orthotics
  • Taping
  • Strengthening exercises
  • Pilates or 1:1 exercise rehabilitation at Hocking Physiotherapy or Quinns Physiotherapy

In the meantime, why don’t you have a look at our video titled foam roller exercises in the education section of our fantastic website and get rolling on the calves and arch of your foot!

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Supporting a good Paws and Dog Physiotherapy

Dog Physiotherapy and Charity

Quinns Physiotherapy is proud to support 2 of our loyal patients (and their 2 even more loyal pooches!!) in the Million Paws Walk held by the RSPCA.
Dave, Serina and more importantly Chester and Bear are raising money to go towards helping the RSPCA fight animal cruelty and here at Quinns Physiotherapy we were happy to help support your cause!
For more information on supporting the RSPCA please visit or to donate to the fund raise follow this link:

Is the most important member of your family also requiring the care of our Physiotherapists?
By applying the principles of human physiotherapy to the anatomy and physiology of dogs, we can give your dog the same benefits as you would receive from a physiotherapy session. Canine Physiotherapy is becoming more popular as the benefits are becoming more evident in helping:

– Improved mobility, flexibility and balance

– Decreased pain and stiffness

– Increased fitness and exercise capacity

– Improved quality of life

are available at our Quinns Clinic and can be claimed for rebate by some pet private health insurance companies but please contact your provider prior to attending your session for more information.

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