So today I will be discussing a little about a certain type of heel pain known as plantar fasciitis.
Just so that you can get a better understanding of what it is, its just the inflammation of the plantar fascia which is a thick band of tissue that connects the heel bone to the toes. The inflammation comes about when the plantar fascia is strained causing micro tears in the tissue.
With that description I gave you a little bit of anatomy as well, but for those guys who wants to know a little bit more, the plantar fascia also acts as a shock absorber and also a supporting structure for the arch of the foot.
Going back to plantar fasciitis itself, it is one of the most common types of heel pain experienced in our day and age and can be caused by many...
Our topic today is all about patellofemoral pain syndrome which is just a very broad term used to describe runners' knee, chondromalacia patellae, anterior knee pain and patellofemoral joint syndrome to name but a few (and trust me there are many), but basically it is just patella pain felt at the front of the knee.
Before we start anything else, I am obliged to give you some anatomy of the knee so that you guys know exactly what goes for what, so here goes...
The knee, being the largest joint in the body, is made up of many structures, namely; bones, muscles, ligaments and cartilage. The largest bone in the body which is the femur (Thigh), the tibia (shin) and the patella (knee cap) makes up the knee joint, there are also 4 main ligaments around...
I'm not here to give you a bunch of information that you could have just googled yourself LOL, but according to google dictionary, physiotherapy is "the treatment of diseases, injury or deformity by physical methods such as massage, heat treatment and exercise rather than by drugs or surgery".
Pretty good explanation i would say, but basically we as physiotherapist are put on this earth to restore the well being of you guys following any injury, disability or even just that plain old persistent pain that just doesn't want to go away no matter how much heat and massage you have been doing.
Quick side note: We are not just massage therapists, we are qualified to do other things as well.