Midportion Plantarfascia Tear

What is Midportion Plantar Fascia Irritation/ Tear ?

Plantar fascia tears occur rarely sometimes they occur in combination with plantar fasciitis. Typically plantar fascia tears occur after a sudden traumatic incident – stepping on something or a sudden force that stretches the plantar fascia.

People with a plantar fascia tear like plantar fasciitis, typically have a sore heel and arch and  pain when first getting out of bed which reduces slightly with initial walking and then returns again with extended walking.

Causes of Midportion Plantar Fascia Irritation/Tear

The plantar fascia is a long rope like structure that supports the arch of the foot. Midportion Plantar Fascia Irritiaton involves chronic irritation or sudden tearing in the midportion of the plantar fascia.

Certain factors are though to increase the risk for the development of midportion plantar fascia irritation including:

  • Non- Supportive footwear
  • Flat arched feet
  • High arched feet
  • Sudden increase in activity
  • Trauma
  • Being overweight
  • Hormone problems (Reduced Thyroid function, Menopause)
  • Connective tissue disorders (Rheumatoid arthritis)


Diagnosis of a Midportion Plantar Fascia Tear/ Irritation

Diagnosis is generally made with specific signs and symptoms – when the pain occurs and the location.

At the Ankle, Foot and Orthotic Centre we are able to provide additional information about the presence of midportion irritation with ultrasound imaging. Typically someone with a plantar fascia tear will have disruption to the normal fibrillar pattern in the plantar fascia

Note the thickened and disorganised midportion of the plantar fascia

Treatment of a Midportion Plantar Fascia Tear/Strain

We are able to provide you the latest techniques  to reduce the disorganisation of the connective tissue in the plantar fascia and also offloading the plantar fascia

We are able to provide:



The Ankle, Foot and Orthotic Centre’s Northcote Podiatrists can help you with all lower limb complaints, including Plantar Fascia Tears/strains. Make an appointment to get your foot and ankle pain under control.

Expert Podiatrists for the treatment of Plantar fascia tears servicing the areas of Northcote, Thornbury, Fitzroy, North Fitzroy, Carlton, North Carlton, Alphington, Fairfield, Brunswick, Coburg and Preston