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HEEL PAIN / PLANTAR FASCIITIS

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Plantar fasciitis commonly induces heel pain, arising when the plantar fascia, a robust band of tissue linking the heel bone to the toes, undergoes inflammation or strain. This ailment frequently results in sharp discomfort in the heel, particularly upon taking initial steps in the morning or following extended periods of inactivity.

Common Causes for Plantar Fasciitis:
  • Overuse and Strain: Repetitive stress on the feet from activities like running or standing for extended periods can strain the plantar fascia.

  • Improper Footwear: Heel pain may be contributed to by wearing shoes lacking proper support or fitting improperly.

  • Structural Foot Problems: Conditions like flat feet or high arches can modify the foot's mechanics, elevating the likelihood of developing plantar fasciitis.

  • Weight Gain: Exceeding a healthy body weight can intensify pressure on the plantar fascia, worsening heel pain.

 

Symptoms:

It is essential to promptly address plantar fasciitis by being attentive to its symptoms. 

Look out for:

  • Intense pain in the heel or along the arch of the foot.

  • Uneasiness experienced after periods of inactivity.

  • Heightened pain following physical exercise.

  • Sensitivity or soreness in the heel region.

 

Treatment Options:

Our Chiropodists recommend a comprehensive approach to address plantar fasciitis and associated heel pain.

 

  • Rest and Ice: Give your feet time to heal by reducing activities that exacerbate the pain. Applying ice can help alleviate inflammation.

  • Orthotics: A pair of custom-made prescription orthotics is the best prevention tool for progression of  Plantar fasciitis 

  • Proper Footwear: Invest in shoes with good arch support and cushioning,

  • Stretching Exercises: Perform specific exercises to stretch and strengthen the calf muscles and plantar fascia.

  • Anti-Inflammatory Medications: Our chiropodist can prescribe medication that can assist you in effectively managing both pain and inflammation.

  • Physical Therapy: We offer therapeutic modalities, including shockwave and ultrasound therapy, aiming to alleviate inflammation and pain associated with plantar fasciitis.

  • Plantar Fasciotomy: For difficult, treatment resistant cases, we offer a surgical fasciotomy for the permanent resolution of plantar fasciitis. 

 

Don't let plantar fasciitis and heel pain disrupt your daily life. Understanding the causes and symptoms of plantar fasciitis is the first step towards effective management. Our experienced Chiropodists are here to guide you on your journey to pain-free, healthy feet. Schedule an appointment today and take the first step towards a more comfortable and active lifestyle. 

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