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Plantar Fasciitis Treatment North Beach

Plantar Fasciitis & Heel Pain Treatment North Beach

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Experiencing Plantar Fasciitis?

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 that sounds familiar, you could be suffering from plantar fasciitis. It is a frequent culprit behind heel pain and can significantly affect your life in unpleasant and unforeseen ways. However, plantar fasciitis treatment is available.

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

A thick band of tissue called the plantar fascia connects the heel bone to the toes under the foot. Whenever we take a step, jog, run, or jump, our plantar fascia is utilised. It plays a role as a flexible force absorber, tightening the foot during take-off.

Plantar fasciitis is a frequently encountered condition that can cause pain in the heels and/or under the foot. It occurs when the plantar fascia is irritated because the plantar fascia supports the arch of the foot and therefore works hard to stabilise the body.

Despite being a common condition, untreated plantar fasciitis can lead to chronic pain, making treatment more difficult. Therefore, it is crucial to address plantar fasciitis promptly.

Common Causes of 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.

Other factors that can contribute to plantar fasciitis include:

  • Wearing improperly fitting shoes
  • Weak stabilising muscles
  • Walking or running on uneven surfaces
  • Foot structure
  • Repeatedly overusing the feet
  • The natural aging process
  • Excess body weight or obesity

What Are The Symptoms Of Plantar Fasciitis?

Some symptoms of plantar fasciitis include:

  • Pain under the heel
  • Foot pain
  • Pain that starts in the morning and gradually subsides as the day goes on
  • Pain upon standing after being seated or lying down for a while
  • 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

Multiple forms of treatment are available for plantar fasciitis. Your podiatrist will evaluate your pain and ascertain if it could be attributed to plantar fasciitis. They will then work with you to come up with a plantar fasciitis treatment plan that may work best for you. The specific treatment or treatments chosen will be determined by several factors, such as the type of pain experienced, the duration of symptoms, 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: Wearing night splints can help stretch the plantar fascia and Achilles tendon during sleep, thereby reducing morning pain, which is a common symptom of plantar fasciitis.
  • Specific Exercises: Engaging in specific exercises can help stretch the plantar fascia and the muscles around it, resulting in reduced pain and improved flexibility. Examples of such exercises include towel stretches, calf stretches, and plantar fascia stretches.
  • Stretching: Consistent stretching of the plantar fascia and Achilles tendon can contribute to pain reduction and increased flexibility.
  • Lifestyle Changes: Implementing lifestyle changes such as decreasing weight-bearing activities, maintaining a healthy weight, and incorporating low-impact exercises such as swimming or cycling can assist in alleviating symptoms.
  • Footwear Assessment: Your podiatrist may suggest evaluating your footwear to ensure it offers adequate support and cushioning. Proper 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 involves the insertion of needles into the plantar fascia to stimulate healing.
  • Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy: Extracorporeal shock wave therapy is a treatment method that employs sound waves to stimulate healing within the plantar fascia by targeting the heel. This therapy is generally reserved for more severe cases that do not respond to other treatments.
  • Strapping and/or Padding: Strapping and/or padding the foot can provide added support and assist in reducing strain on the plantar fascia. Padding may also be used in shoes to offer additional 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: Medications such as over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen can assist in pain and inflammation reduction.
  • Anti-inflammatory Injections: Anti-inflammatory injections, specifically steroid injections, can offer temporary relief from pain caused by plantar fasciitis. However, they are usually not the primary treatment option due to potential side effects.
  • Management of Any Underlying Systemic Conditions: Conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, or lupus may contribute to plantar fasciitis. Managing these underlying conditions can help alleviate symptoms.

It’s crucial to bear in mind that everyone is different, and the most effective treatment plan for you may encompass a combination of these strategies. Your podiatrist will be able to provide customised advice based on your specific situation. These treatments can help relieve symptoms, but they may not provide a complete cure for 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 some cases, you may be able to address the pain caused by your plantar fasciitis at home. Some helpful treatments include:

  • Rest: Slowing down and moving less, while still remaining active to some degree, is important for recovery
  • Ice: Applying ice to your heel for 20 minutes, four times a day (using a washcloth or towel as a barrier) can provide pain relief
  • Massage: Engaging in foot massage before exercise, in combination with ice treatment, may be helpful
  • 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: Switching to proper footwear is important as ill-fitting shoes can contribute to or worsen plantar fasciitis. Look for shoes that provide good arch support, heel support, and overall cushioning. You can also use padding or inserts for added relief
  • 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?
To expedite the healing process of plantar fasciitis, we usually recommend 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 create a personalised routine that is tailored to your specific requirements.

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. If your symptoms are severe or persistent, we may recommend treatments such as physiotherapy, dry needling, extracorporeal shockwave therapy, or corticosteroid injections.

It’s important to remember that while you may seek immediate relief, complete healing takes time. Factors such as the severity of the condition, your body’s response to treatment, and your commitment to implementing the recommended interventions can all impact the speed of your recovery. It’s essential to follow the treatment plan and attend scheduled follow-up appointments to allow us to track your progress and make any required modifications to your treatment.

What aggravates plantar fasciitis?
Engaging in activities like prolonged standing, walking, or running, particularly on hard surfaces, can aggravate plantar fasciitis. Poor arch support or high-heeled shoes, being overweight, and having tight calf muscles or Achilles tendons can also contribute to the deterioration of symptoms.

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. Contributing factors include changes in physical activity levels, beginning a new exercise program, weight gain, or wearing footwear without adequate support. Sudden onset could also indicate a specific incident or injury to the foot.

Is walking barefoot good or bad for plantar fasciitis?
As a general rule, walking barefoot is not advised for individuals with plantar fasciitis.The absence of proper footwear support places additional strain on the plantar fascia, potentially worsening symptoms.

When should you see a podiatrist for plantar fasciitis?
You should see a podiatrist for plantar fasciitis if you’re experiencing persistent heel pain that doesn’t improve with rest and home care, if the pain interferes with your daily activities, or if you’re experiencing any swelling, redness, or heat in the heel area.

What time of the day is plantar fasciitis worst?
In numerous cases of plantar fasciitis, individuals report that their pain is most intense in the morning upon waking up or following 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?
Surgery for plantar fasciitis is generally considered a last resort and is only recommended when other treatments have failed to alleviate symptoms over an extended period, usually 6 to 12 months. Understanding that surgery involves its own risks and requires a period of recovery is important. Your podiatrist will engage in a detailed discussion with you regarding all treatment options, enabling you to make the most informed decision.

Why Opt for Doubleview Podiatry?

At Doubleview Podiatry, we regularly see patients with plantar fasciitis and enjoy providing care to get them back on their feet.

Customised Treatment

Each patient is treated as an individual, and our treatments are tailored to meet their specific needs.

Passionate Staff

Owner and principal podiatrist Stephen and his team have decades of clinical experience.

Easily Accessible

Our clinic is conveniently located a short distance from Scarborough Beach, making it easily accessible for residents of the northern or western suburbs.

Experience The Doubleview Difference

If you aspire to regain the ability to run, skip, and jump like you did before, plantar fasciitis treatment could be the solution. Thanks to our experienced team and commitment to what we do, that day might just be closer than you think.

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Neglecting plantar fasciitis may cause you to modify your movement, which can result in pain or complications not only in the feet but also in the knees, hips, and back. At Doubleview Podiatry, our team has extensive experience in diverse plantar fasciitis treatment methods, giving you the best opportunity to get back to your normal routine swiftly. To make an appointment for plantar fasciitis treatment, book online today.


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