Plantar Fasciitis involves the foot’s arch. This takes the form of thick tissue from heel to toe and it allows the foot to ‘spring’ thereby absorbing impact. When the plantar fascia collagen fibres break down the individual experiences pain. We find that around two thirds of individuals suffering from this type of injury are experiencing bone growth in the area which then presses down on the plantar fasciitis.
How to tell if you have plantar fasciitis
Pain when running (particularly in a downhill direction)
Discomfort in the heel and inside arch of the foot
Archilles Tendinopathy is a breakdown of tissue structure rather than inflammation. This injury can be result of too much training or exercise over a sustained period of time. It can also be caused by rolling at the ankle, a stiff ankle joint or even a change in footwear.
Caused by the joints being over used (ie wear and tear), the cartilage rubs away so that bone ends up rubbing against bone and forming osteophytes (new bone-like growth). It results in pain and inflamed joints. Movement is restricted to the point it can prove extremely debilitating.