The plantar fascia is a crucial connective tissue that spans from the heel to the ball of the foot. It serves as a protective cushion, absorbing the impact of each step. However, when the plantar fascia undergoes damage, it can lead to severe pain. Ensuring the health and integrity of this tissue is essential for maintaining overall foot function and comfort.
One commonly encountered foot condition is known as plantar fasciitis. This condition occurs when the plantar fascia, a band of tissue in the foot, experiences small tears and becomes inflamed. Physical therapy and the use of orthotics are often chosen as treatment methods for plantar fasciitis. However, in some cases, surgical intervention can also be considered to correct the problem.
Gait Analysis Technology
Gait analysis plays a crucial role in identifying underlying issues that could be causing discomfort in the feet and ankles. By observing body position, weight distribution, and walking patterns, podiatrists can evaluate postural sway and determine any abnormalities. This assessment is vital for diagnosing and addressing problems related to foot and ankle function.
At our facility, we can identify and treat common running-related problems like overpronation (under-supination) and excessive pelvis dropping which could potentially lead to injury if left unchecked.
Dynamic FootscanTM Gait Analysis Our dynamic footscan system is an advanced biomechanical instrument which measures pressure and force in the lower limb at high speeds and resolutions, giving us more information when analysing your gait. This allows us to see any issues more clearly while creating effective long-term solutions.
The plantar fascia plays an essential role in maintaining foot stability, enabling you to walk, run and jump properly. As one of your foot’s thickest and elastic ligaments, its inflammation and pain may result from excessive stress or overuse which leads to micro tears, scar tissue formation or trigger points within its confines.
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