Footfit Podiatry - Podiatry Services

Footfit Podiatry is currently closed as I am in the USA on a temporary development secondment. I look forward to returning to the Bay of Plenty to continue my work in the community.

Whilst I am away I would recommend you contacting another podiatrist in the area.

Thank You,

Emma Sievwright (Hoult)

Plantar fasciitis, is a condition that causes pain on the bottom of the heel when putting weight on the foot.


Causes of plantar fasciitis:

Heel pain from plantar fasciitis can have several causes. In rare cases, the heel spur can form and become so big it causes pain. The chronic inflammation of the fascia itself may be the source of pain. As we age, the fat pad that makes up the fleshy portion of the heel becomes thinner and degenerates. This can lead to inadequate padding on the heel and chronic pain in this area. The small nerves that travel under the plantar fascia on their way to the forefoot can also become irritated and may contribute to the pain.


  • Weight gain
  • High impact activities (running)
  • Poor shockabsorbing footwear
  • Increased training
  • Trauma/injury to heel
  • Tight calf muscles

 Symptoms of plantar fasciitis:


 The symptoms of plantar fasciitis include:

  • Pain in the centre of the heel when weight is placed on the foot.
  • 'First step pain' - this is a sharp pain in your heel when you get up after sitting down for awhile
  • Sometimes described as a "ripping" sensation under the heel
  • Pain in heel and arch after standing for long periods 


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