Plantar fasciitis and achilles problems

June 14, 2020

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common orthopaedic complaints. Plantar fasciitis causes pain in the bottom of the heel to the toe. The plantar fascia is a thick ligament that connects your heel to the front of your foot, it acts as a shock absorber and supports the arch of the foot.


  • Pain at the bottom of the heel and usually effects one foot, but it can affect both feet.
  • Pain can be dull or sharp feeling, burning or ache on the bottom of the foot.
  • Pain is worse in the morning when you take the first steps out of bed, sitting for too long, prolonged activity causing inflammation. You don’t feel pain during activity but after you have stopped the pain can return.


  • Wearing supportive shoes with a good arch
  • If you are a runner replacing your foot wear every 500 km
  • Low impact exercises include swimming, cycling, stretching, staying at a healthy weight.


  • Rest, ice, strapping with a zinc oxide tape or kinesiology tape.
  • Dry needling can be very effective releasing the tension in the ligaments and muscles.
  • Massage on the achilles tendon is very effective.
  • Stretching with a belt around the top of the foot pulling then releasing then repeating.

If you get on to the problem early the recovery is quicker and massage and dry needling is very effective. The tendons respond really well with dry needling as this stimulates the blood supple. Surfcoast massage is fully qualified in dry needling and Lisa has worked on achilles problems for years. If you have any symptoms call Lisa at Surfcoast Massage on 0438668878 to discuss the problem and a treatment plan.