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Plantar Fasciitis Treatment Balcatta

Plantar Fasciitis & Heel Pain Treatment Balcatta

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Is Plantar Fasciitis Affecting You?

Do you wake up in the morning with pain in the soles of your feet? Do your heels ache when you stand up after sitting down? If so, you may have a condition known as plantar fasciitis. It is a commonly seen factor causing heel pain and can have adverse and unexpected effects on your daily routine. However, plantar fasciitis treatment is available.

Getting to Know Plantar Fasciitis

A thick band of tissue called the plantar fascia connects the heel bone to the toes under the foot. We use our plantar fascia whenever we take a step, jog, run, or jump. This is because the plantar fascia acts like a flexible force absorber by tightening the foot during take-off.

Plantar fasciitis is a common condition that may lead to pain in the heels and/or underneath the foot. The condition arises when the plantar fascia, which supports the foot’s arch and works to stabilise the body, becomes irritated.

Although plantar fasciitis is quite common, if left untreated, the associated pain can become chronic, posing challenges for treatment. Hence, treating plantar fasciitis promptly is of utmost importance.

What Can Cause Plantar Fasciitis?

The development of plantar fasciitis is influenced by multiple factors, making it a multifactorial condition. Frequent runners, jumpers, or individuals who spend long periods standing are often susceptible to developing plantar fasciitis. Activities that place stress on the heel, such as ballet dancing and aerobic dancing may also contribute.

There are several other possible causes of plantar fasciitis, such as:

  • Wearing improperly fitting shoes
  • Weakness in the muscles responsible for stability
  • Uneven terrain
  • Foot structure
  • Overuse
  • The natural aging process
  • Carrying excess weight or being obese

What Are The Symptoms Of Plantar Fasciitis?

Typical symptoms of plantar fasciitis include:

  • Pain located under the heel
  • Pain on the sole of the foot
  • Pain that initiates upon waking in the morning and gradually diminishes throughout the day
  • Pain that arises when standing up after a period of sitting or lying down
  • Pain that worsens towards the end of the day
  • The sensation of a small stone or pebble under the heel while walking

Plantar Fasciitis Treatment May Help

Numerous treatment options are available for plantar fasciitis. Your podiatrist will evaluate your pain and ascertain if it could be attributed to plantar fasciitis. They will collaborate with you to devise a treatment plan for plantar fasciitis that may be most effective for you. The form or forms they choose for you will depend on a number of factors including the type of pain you feel, how long it has been present, and the severity of the pain.

Treatment options for plantar fasciitis can encompass:

  • Orthotics: Orthotics, such as custom-made shoe inserts, can assist in distributing pressure evenly on your feet while walking or standing, providing relief from plantar fasciitis.
  • Splints: Using night splints can stretch the plantar fascia and Achilles tendon while sleeping, leading to a reduction in morning pain, which is often experienced in cases of plantar fasciitis.
  • Specific Exercises: Certain exercises can help stretch the plantar fascia and surrounding muscles, reducing pain and improving flexibility. This could include exercises such as towel stretches, calf stretches, and plantar fascia stretches.
  • Stretching: Regular stretching of the plantar fascia and Achilles tendon can aid in pain reduction and improve flexibility.
  • Lifestyle Changes: Reducing time spent on feet, maintaining a healthy weight, and incorporating low-impact exercises like swimming or cycling can help alleviate symptoms.
  • Footwear Assessment: Your podiatrist may suggest assessing your footwear to ensure it provides adequate support and cushioning. Wearing appropriate footwear can help reduce strain on your plantar fascia.
  • Footwear Advice: Besides assessing your footwear, professionals may also offer recommendations on the most appropriate types of shoes to wear for alleviating and preventing plantar fasciitis.
  • Dry Needling: Dry needling is a procedure that involves inserting needles into the plantar fascia to stimulate healing.
  • Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy: Extracorporeal shock wave therapy is a treatment that utilises sound waves to stimulate healing in the plantar fascia by targeting the heel. This therapy is usually reserved for severe cases that do not respond to other treatments.
  • Strapping and/or Padding: Taping the foot can provide additional support and help reduce strain on the plantar fascia. Padding may also be utilised in shoes to provide extra cushioning.
  • Weight Loss: Weight loss can be an effective approach for reducing the stress on the plantar fascia caused by excessive weight or sudden weight gain. If appropriate, weight loss can help alleviate pain.
  • Medication: Using medication, such as over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen, can aid in pain and inflammation reduction.
  • Anti-inflammatory Injections: Anti-inflammatory injections, such as steroid injections, can provide temporary relief from plantar fasciitis pain. However, they are generally not the first treatment option due to potential side effects.
  • Management of Any Underlying Systemic Conditions: Addressing any underlying systemic conditions, such as diabetes, arthritis, or lupus, is important as they can be contributing factors to plantar fasciitis. Managing these conditions can help alleviate symptoms.

Remember that everyone is unique, and the most suitable treatment plan for you may involve a combination of these strategies. Your podiatrist can give you personalised advice based on your specific circumstances. In addition, these treatments can alleviate symptoms, but they may not completely eliminate the condition. Ongoing management may be necessary for some individuals.

 

Your Plantar Fasciitis Treatment Questions Answered

Are there plantar fasciitis treatments I can do at home?
In certain cases, you have the potential to alleviate the pain caused by plantar fasciitis using home remedies. Here are some treatments that may be effective:

  • Rest: Taking rest and reducing activity levels, while maintaining some level of physical movement, is crucial for recovery
  • Ice: Putting ice on your heel (not directly, but through a washcloth or towel) for 20 minutes four times a day may help to relieve pain
  • Massage: Engaging in foot massage before exercise, in combination with ice treatment, may be helpful
  • Medication: Pain medication that you can purchase over the counter may help to relieve pain, but ensure to follow the instructions. If you have any other conditions and/or take any other medications, consult with your doctor before starting any new medication
  • Changing footwear: Adjusting your footwear is crucial as wearing ill-fitting shoes can lead to or aggravate plantar fasciitis. Choose shoes that offer adequate arch support, heel support, and overall cushioning. Adding padding or inserts can provide further assistance
  • Splints: Wearing splints at night help to keep your foot straight and may assist in reducing pain

What is the fastest way to heal plantar fasciitis?
For the fastest recovery from plantar fasciitis, it is often necessary to pursue a combination of treatments and strategies that we can provide or guide you through.

Rest and icing the painful area are typically the first steps. In addition, specific stretches and exercises can help relieve tension in the plantar fascia. We can provide you with a specific routine tailored to your needs.

The use of orthotic devices or supportive footwear is crucial in expediting the healing process. In our clinic, we can evaluate your needs and suggest custom orthotics or suitable footwear that provides the required support and cushioning.

Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications can further help reduce pain and inflammation, though it’s advisable to consult with us before starting any medication regimen. In some cases, we might recommend treatments like physiotherapy, dry needling, extracorporeal shockwave therapy, or even corticosteroid injections depending on the severity and persistence of your symptoms.

Do remember that while you might want quick relief, true healing can take time. The speed of your recovery can be influenced by factors such as the severity of the condition, how your body responds to treatment, and your commitment to following the recommended interventions. It’s important to stick with the treatment plan and keep up with any follow-up appointments so we can monitor your progress and adjust your treatment as necessary.

What aggravates plantar fasciitis?
Engaging in activities like prolonged standing, walking, or running, particularly on hard surfaces, can aggravate plantar fasciitis. Worsening symptoms can be attributed to wearing shoes with insufficient arch support or high heels, being overweight, and having tight calf muscles or Achilles tendons.

Why do I have plantar fasciitis all of a sudden?
The sudden onset of plantar fasciitis is often misleading, as it is usually caused by repetitive strain and stress on the plantar fascia over an extended period. This can happen due to a change in physical activity levels, starting a new exercise regimen, weight gain, or wearing unsupportive footwear. The sudden onset could also be indicative of a specific incident or foot injury.

Is walking barefoot good or bad for plantar fasciitis?
As a general rule, walking barefoot is not advised for individuals with plantar fasciitis.The lack of appropriate footwear support places extra strain on the plantar fascia, which can potentially aggravate symptoms.

When should you see a podiatrist for plantar fasciitis?
In case you are facing persistent heel pain that doesn’t improve with rest and home care, if the pain disrupts your daily activities, or if you notice any swelling, redness, or heat in the heel area, it is recommended to seek the assistance of a podiatrist.

What time of the day is plantar fasciitis worst?
A significant number of individuals with plantar fasciitis experience heightened pain in the morning upon getting out of bed or after extended periods of sitting or inactivity. This is due to the tightening of the plantar fascia during rest.

Will I need surgery for plantar fasciitis?
In general, surgery for plantar fasciitis is seen as a last resort and is advised when other treatments have been unsuccessful in providing relief for an extended period, typically around 6 to 12 months. It is important to be aware that surgery carries its own set of risks and requires a recovery period. Your podiatrist will have a comprehensive discussion with you about all available treatment options, allowing you to make an informed decision.

Why Visit Doubleview Podiatry?

Doubleview Podiatry are experienced in treating patients with plantar fasciitis and takes pride in helping them regain their mobility.

Individualised Treatment

We see each patient as the individual they are and adjust our treatments accordingly.

Dedicated Team

Stephen, the principal podiatrist and owner, and his team have accumulated decades of clinical experience.

Convenient Location

Situated in close proximity to Scarborough Beach, our clinic offers convenient accessibility to individuals residing in the northern or western suburbs.

Experience The Doubleview Difference

If you envision yourself running, skipping, and jumping like you did before, plantar fasciitis treatment can be the pathway to achieving that dream. Thanks to our experienced team and commitment to what we do, that day might just be closer than you think.

Dive Into Doubleview Podiatry Today

Neglecting plantar fasciitis can result in altered movement patterns, potentially causing pain or issues in the knees, hips, back, and feet. Our team at Doubleview Podiatry is experienced in many forms of plantar fasciitis treatment so that you have the best chance of returning to your normal as soon as possible. To secure an appointment for plantar fasciitis treatment, book online today.


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