Foot pain can be a disabiliting problem originating from different backgrounds. The most common type of foot pain is Plantar Fasciitis, which occurs when the long, flat ligament on the sole of the foot (Plantar Fascia) stretches irregularly and develops small tears that cause the ligament to become inflamed. The pain can be on the heel, arch and sole of the foot. It is described as dull, aching or sharp, and can be easily reproduced by flexing the toes upwards to tense the fascia.
It usually develops gradually starting with pain specifically on the inside of the heel, slowly spreading towards the sole of the foot causing the individual to limp when walking. Heel pain accompanies physical activities and may also occur when taking the first steps after getting out of bed or after sitting for a long period of time.
It is known that the biomechanics of the foot/ankle/leg can contribute to the symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis. Usually it is found that the athlete “over pronates” turning the foot inwards, when running or walking which involves an excessive rolling of the inner arch of the foot, stressing the Achilles tendon.