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Are you suffering from heel pain?

11 Jul Are you suffering from heel pain?

Are you suffering from heel pain?  Are you finding that that it is affecting your day to day activity?

You could be suffering from plantar fasciitis.

Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain. The plantar fascia is the flat band of tissue (ligament) that connects your heel bone to your toes. It supports the arch of your foot. If you strain your plantar fascia, it gets weak, swollen, and irritated (inflamed). Then your heel or the bottom of your foot hurts when you stand or walk

There could be a number of reasons why. One most common may be due to issues in the posterior chain. The posterior chain is a group of muscles consisting predominantly of tendons and ligaments on the posterior of the body. Examples of these muscles include the biceps femoris, gluteus maximus, erector spinae muscle group, trapezius, and posterior deltoids.

A study published in the Foot & Ankle Specialist (2011) found that participants with hamstring tightness were 8.7 times more likely to experience plantar fasciitis compared to participants without hamstring tightness. This may be due to the increased forefoot loading which occurs with tight hamstrings (Harty et al, 2005).

The study also indicated that people with a BMI greater than 35 were 2.4 times as likely  to suffer from plantar fasciitis in comparison to those with a BMI less than 35. This emphasises the important role in weight loss has to assist patients in their recovery of plantar fasciitis.

Here are a few key points that you can focus on to assist with managing plantar fasciitis.

  • Investigate what is causing your hamstring tightness (inactive Glut Med/poor mobility through the lumbar spine/SIJ).
  • Improve your strength and movement patterns through pelvis and lower limb  (review your deficiencies then build from there).
  • Reduce your BMI – (If a factor – focus on diet/sleep/stress levels and exercise)
  • Seek treatment that focuses on targeting the pain in the foot (extracorporeal shock wave therapy/myofascial release/stretching) to assist in restoring gait patterns and movement.

Extracorporeal shock wave therapy has a number of roles in treating musculoskeletal disorders which allows for the immediate improvement of symptoms. In combination with other treatment, Shockwave Therapy can significantly provide a positive result for clients in treating chronic injuries.

Feel free to contact one of our friendly experts at Affinity Allied Health to discuss the treatments options that may be suitable for your health concerns on 03 8692 2626 or via email on


  • Harty J., Soffe K., O’Toole G., Stephens MM. (2005). Foot Ankle Int, December 2005; vol. 26, 12: pp. 1089-1092
  • Labovitz JM., Jenny Y., Kim C. (2011). Foot Ankle Spec, June 2011; vol. 4, 3: pp. 141-144.


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