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Symptoms & Causes of Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is a common cause of heel pain.

For many people, it gets better over time with simple treatments such as stretching exercises and rest. However, for some people, the pain does not go away and can affect daily activities. Very low dose radiotherapy (X-ray treatment) provides an effective and painless solution for 4 out of 5 people with this problem.

Plantar Fasciitis Symptoms

In the early stages of plantar fasciitis, many people describe pain on the bottom of their heel like that of a bruise. Your pain will usually be worse after getting out of bed, although this can wear off after a few minutes. You may find that pain can also be triggered by standing or walking for long periods, or when you get up after sitting. In some cases, the pain may progress to become more severe and present all the time, even at rest.

If you’re experiencing the following symptoms, you should book an appointment with one of our consultants, who are leading experts in treating plantar fasciitis with radiotherapy.

✔ Pain around the heel of your foot

✔ Tenderness or pain when walking or running

✔ No improvement in symptoms after three to six months of trying general measures, such as resting, stretching exercises and a change in footwear


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Plantar Fasciitis Causes

There’s no single cause for plantar fasciitis, but there are some factors that increase the risk of it developing:

✔ Abnormal foot mechanics – including flat feet and a high arch, which put added stress on the plantar fascia

✔ Activities that put a lot of stress on your heel and attached tissue — such as long-distance running

✔ Age – plantar fasciitis is most common in individuals between 40 and 60 years old, although it may occur in younger and older age groups

✔ Being overweight – this puts extra strain on the heel

✔ Occupations that require you to walk or stand on hard surfaces

✔ Wearing footwear with poor support such as high heels

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