What our patient’s say…
“Rob Griffiths has helped me more in the past 6 weeks with the pain in my feet (Plantar Fasciitis) than my GPs have done in a year. He offered me hope from the first consultation. With the help of massage, acupuncture and ultrasound I am now able to continue with exercise and daily activities without pain. Thank you for everything”. Julie C, Nurse
The plantar fascia is a thick band of fibrous tissue in the arch of your foot. It is very common for this band of fascia to become damaged due to repeated stretching and micro-tearing when running and walking. The pain can become very intense, often preventing people from walking normally.
Mild to severe pain in the arch or sole of the foot whilst walking, running or jumping. The pain can be worse in the morning or after walking for a long period of time. Generally, the pain is dull in nature, becoming progressively sharper and more intense as you walk or run.
Plantar fasciitis is commonly caused by foot overpronation, also known as ‘flat feet’. When the foot strikes the ground, the arch flattens, stretching and micro-tearing the fascia, causing pain. At Pro Performance, we assess why the arch flattens in the first place (see below), to ensure we are treating the cause, not just the symptoms.
Reasons for flat feet:
Leg length difference
Weak foot, leg and glute muscles
Plantar fasciitis can be diagnosed following a full case history and physical exam. We video you walking and running to further analyse your biomechanics. X-rays and MRI scans are rarely needed unless the problem is not responding to treatment.
We manage plantar fasciitis using a combination of treatment techniques, exercises and orthotics to achieve lasting results. At Pro Performance Clinics, we treat the cause and the symptoms of your foot pain simultaneously.
1. We relieve your painful plantar fascia using Neuro Muscular Re-education(TM), Active Release Technique(TM), medical acupuncture, ultrasound and myofascial stretching.
2. We show you a specific home stretching and strengthening program to repair the injured fascia.
3. We address the underlying cause of your foot pain, e.g. pelvic/spinal misalignment, weak glute muscles, faulty foot/walking patterns, leg length difference, poor footwear and obesity.
4. We may prescribe custom made orthotics to support your flattening arch and prevent further injury.
Your plantar fasciitis is very different to everyone else’s, so your treatment plan will be uniquely tailored to suit your individual condition.
We give easy to understand advice regarding footwear, training programmes/technique, running style and home stretching to improve your long-term chances of recovery. We will discuss your injury prevention program with your coach, personal trainer, yoga or pilates instructor to ensure you have the best chance of recovery.
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