West End star Elaine Page recently revealed that she suffers from the foot condition plantar fasciitis, which affects the heel and arch of the foot.
With the NHS estimating that one in 10 of us will suffer from it at some stage in our lives, here’s what you need to know about it:
1. Plantar fasciitis is caused by inflammation to the plantar fascia tissues in the foot, which results in soreness in the bottom of the heel and arch of your foot.
2. The symptoms can include pain in the heel when walking, standing, resting or even when your foot is placed on the floor after getting out of bed. It usually only affects one foot and can range from a burning or ache to a sharp pain.
3. Plantar fasciitis can be a result of being overweight (as you’re putting strain on the tissue) or having very high arched feet or flat feet. Frequent joggers often complain about this condition, as do people who wear high heels for a long period of time.
4. To treat it, Carnation Footcare podiatrist David Wain suggests limiting your activity. “It may sound obvious but limit activity, don’t keep pounding the feet that caused the problem in the first place. Sufferers should also avoid walking barefoot or in very flat shoes.”
He also suggests regularly massaging the area with a roller, like the Pediroller, to help strengthen the foot muscles and prevent straining.
5. Or, you can try stretching both your calf muscles and plantar fascia with some exercises. One exercise the NHS suggests is: keep a long towel beside your bed and in the morning, loop the towel around your foot and use it to pull your toes towards the body while keeping your knee straight. Repeat three times on each foot.
Consult your GP or a podiatrist if you are suffering from heel pain.