WHY ROLLING YOUR FOOT ON A BALL WON’T FIX YOUR PLANTAR FASCIITIS

Find out why rolling your foot on a ball alone will not fix your plantar-fasciitis! 

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and debilitating. 

An exercise I see prescribed quite often is to roll your foot on a ball or to roll your foot through the use of a frozen water bottle underneath your arch.

I am not saying that this exercise will do any harm. I am not saying that this exercise will not be beneficial for you. However, I am saying that you could roll your foot 24 hours for 7 days, still be in pain and still have plantar fasciitis. 


Whilst this exercise can give you relief in your heel and arch, unfortunately plantar fasciitis is a lot more complicated than just a muscle/tendon that needs to be rolled out. 

Plantar fasciitis can have numerous factors that co-exist and will not go away unless the majority of these factors are addressed.

 

These factors can include 

  1. Sudden weight change
  2. Footwear during activity 
  3. Ankle range of motion and flexibility 
  4. Calf strength and flexibility 
  5. Walking pattern
  6. Foot posture
  7. Injury history and medical history
  8. Occupation as well as job requirements 
  9. Current activity levels as well as activity levels over the last 3 months 
  10. Foot mechanics 
  11. Age

 

The key to treating your plantar-fasciitis is by understanding that the cause is most likely multifactorial. The more factors you address, the greater chance you have of treating your plantar-fasciitis and preventing it from returning. 

If you have recently been diagnosed with plantar-fasciitis, or have been dealing with this pain for quite some time, please reach out to us here at The Footcare Clinic. 

A plantar-fasciitis appointment may involve walking/running assessments, locating the specific regions of pain, a specific diagnosis, x-ray/ultrasound imaging referral, taping & mobilisations, a tailored exercise program, orthotics and footwear assessments, shockwave therapy and various other treatment modalities.

 

 

 

If you are ready to see us, do not hesitate to call our team on (03) 9711 7562 or make an appointment with me through Book Online | The Footcare Clinic on our website! 

 

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