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
- Sudden weight change
- Footwear during activity
- Ankle range of motion and flexibility
- Calf strength and flexibility
- Walking pattern
- Foot posture
- Injury history and medical history
- Occupation as well as job requirements
- Current activity levels as well as activity levels over the last 3 months
- Foot mechanics
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.