Plantar Fasciitis & Heel Pain Treatment Churchlands
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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 you feel heel pain when As a typical concern you stand up after sitting? If these symptoms resonate with you, it’s possible that you have plantar fasciitis. It is a prevalent source of heel pain and can have negative and unexpected consequences on your daily life. However, plantar fasciitis treatment is available.
Getting to Know Plantar Fasciitis
The plantar fascia is a thick band of tissue under the foot that connects the heel bone to the toes. The plantar fascia is actively engaged when we walk, jog, run, or jump. It plays a role as a flexible force absorber, 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 irritation occurs when the plantar fascia, responsible for supporting the foot’s arch and providing stability, becomes inflamed.
Even though plantar fasciitis is a common condition, if not treated, the pain can become chronic, making treatment more challenging. 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. Typically, many people who get plantar fasciitis are people who frequently run or jump or those who stand for long periods of time. Engaging in activities that exert pressure on the heel, such as ballet dancing and aerobic dancing, may also play a role.
There are several other possible causes of plantar fasciitis, such as:
- Ill-fitting footwear
- Underdeveloped stabilising muscles
- Walking or running on uneven surfaces
- Abnormal foot structure or biomechanics
- Overexertion or repetitive stress on the feet
- Excess body weight or obesity
What Are The Symptoms Of Plantar Fasciitis?
Common symptoms of plantar fasciitis include:
- Pain located under the heel
- Foot pain
- Morning pain that gradually improves as the day progresses
- Pain that occurs when you stand up after sitting or lying down for a period of time
- Pain that worsens towards the end of the day
- Feeling as if there is a small pebble under the heel when walking
Plantar Fasciitis Treatment May Help
There are many forms of plantar fasciitis treatment available. Your podiatrist will assess your pain and determine whether it may be caused by plantar fasciitis. They will work together with you to create a personalised treatment plan for plantar fasciitis that may be the most suitable 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.
Available treatment options for plantar fasciitis may include:
- Orthotics: Orthotics, which are custom-designed shoe inserts, can help distribute 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: Specific exercises can aid in stretching the plantar fascia and surrounding muscles, thus decreasing pain and improving flexibility. Examples include towel stretches, calf stretches, and plantar fascia stretches.
- Stretching: Engaging in regular stretching exercises for the plantar fascia and Achilles tendon can help alleviate pain and enhance 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 might advise evaluating your footwear to ensure it provides the necessary support and cushioning. Wearing appropriate footwear can help alleviate strain on your plantar fascia.
- Footwear Advice: In addition to evaluating your footwear, professionals may also provide recommendations on suitable shoe types 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 involves directing sound waves into the heel area to promote healing of the plantar fascia. This therapy is typically reserved for more 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 means of reducing stress on the plantar fascia caused by excessive weight or sudden weight gain. If appropriate, weight loss can help alleviate pain.
- Medication: Medications such as over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen can assist 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: Managing any underlying systemic conditions, such as diabetes, arthritis, or lupus, is important as they can contribute to plantar fasciitis. Addressing these conditions can help alleviate symptoms.
As always, it’s important to remember that everyone is unique, and the best treatment plan for you may involve a combination of these strategies. Your podiatrist can offer personalised advice tailored to your specific situation. These treatments can help relieve symptoms, but they may not provide a complete cure for the condition. Some individuals may require ongoing management.
Frequently Asked Questions about Plantar Fasciitis
Are there plantar fasciitis treatments I can do at home?
In some cases, you may be able to address the pain caused by your plantar fasciitis at home. Treatments that may assist include:
- Rest: Slowing down and moving less, while still remaining active to some degree, is important for recovery
- Ice: Using ice on your heel for 20 minutes, four times daily (using a washcloth or towel as a barrier) can alleviate pain
- Massage: Massaging your foot before exercise, in conjunction with ice treatment, may assist
- Medication: Over-the-counter pain medication can provide pain relief, but it’s important to follow the instructions. If you have other medical conditions or take other medications, consult your doctor before starting new medication
- Changing footwear: Sometimes plantar fasciitis can be caused or exacerbated by wearing poorly fitting footwear. Try wearing shoes with good arch support, heel support, and general cushioning. You may wish to use padding or inserts to help with this
- Splints: Using splints at night can keep your foot in a straight position and potentially alleviate 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.
Typically, the initial steps involve resting and icing the painful area. Targeted stretches and exercises can assist in relieving tension in the plantar fascia. We can provide you with a specific routine tailored to your needs.
Orthotic devices or supportive footwear are also essential in facilitating quicker healing. Here at our clinic, we can assess your needs and suggest custom orthotics or recommend suitable footwear to provide necessary support and cushioning.
Additionally, over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications can help alleviate pain and inflammation, but it is advisable to consult with us before beginning 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.
Please keep in mind that although you may be seeking rapid relief, complete healing requires time. The speed of your recovery can be influenced by various factors, including the severity of the condition, how your body reacts to treatment, and your dedication to implementing the recommended interventions. It’s crucial to adhere to the treatment plan and attend follow-up appointments so that we can monitor your progress and make any necessary adjustments to your treatment.
What aggravates plantar fasciitis?
Prolonged standing, walking, or running, particularly on hard surfaces, can exacerbate plantar fasciitis. Contributing factors to worsening symptoms include wearing shoes with inadequate 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?
Although plantar fasciitis may appear suddenly, it is typically the outcome of repetitive strain and stress on the plantar fascia over a period of time. Contributing factors include changes in physical activity levels, beginning a new exercise program, weight gain, or wearing footwear without adequate support. Abrupt onset may also suggest a particular incident or injury to the foot.
Is walking barefoot good or bad for plantar fasciitis?
It is generally not advisable for individuals with plantar fasciitis to walk barefoot.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?
Many people with plantar fasciitis find that their pain is worst first thing in the morning when they get out of bed, or after periods of prolonged sitting or inactivity. This occurs because the plantar fascia tightens during periods of 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 discuss all the treatment options with you so you can make the most informed decision.
Why Choose Doubleview Podiatry?
At Doubleview Podiatry, we frequently encounter patients with plantar fasciitis and take pleasure in offering them the necessary care to restore their mobility.
We view each patient as a unique individual and tailor our treatments to suit their specific needs.
Stephen, the principal podiatrist and owner, together with his team, possesses extensive clinical experience spanning several decades.
Situated in close proximity to Scarborough Beach, our clinic offers convenient accessibility to individuals residing in the northern or western suburbs.
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If you dream of running, skipping, and jumping like you used to, plantar fasciitis treatment may help you get there. With our team’s expertise and unwavering commitment, that day could be closer than you realise.
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Disregarding plantar fasciitis can result in changes to your movement patterns, which can then lead to pain or problems in the knees, hips, back, and feet. Our experienced team at Doubleview Podiatry deliver a wide range of plantar fasciitis treatment options, maximising your chances of restoring your normal routine as soon as possible. To arrange an appointment for plantar fasciitis treatment, book online today.
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