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Experiencing Plantar Fasciitis?
Does pain in the soles of your feet greet you when you wake up in the morning? Do your heels ache when you stand up after sitting down? If so, you may have a condition known as plantar fasciitis. This is a common cause of heel pain and it may have an impact on your life in unpleasant and unexpected ways. However, plantar fasciitis treatment is available.
Plantar Fasciitis Treatment May Help
The plantar fascia is a dense band of tissue beneath the foot, connecting the heel bone to the toes. Whenever we walk, jog, run, or leap, our plantar fascia is actively engaged, serving as a flexible shock absorber by tightening during takeoff. Plantar fasciitis is a prevalent condition that can result in discomfort in the heels or the bottom of the foot. It develops when the plantar fascia becomes irritated due to its role in supporting the foot’s arch and providing stability. Although plantar fasciitis is a commonly encountered issue, ignoring the pain it causes can lead to become chronic, making treatment more challenging. Therefore, addressing plantar fasciitis when you first experience symptoms is crucial.
Understanding the Causes of Plantar Fasciitis
The development of plantar fasciitis is influenced by multiple factors. Typically, it tends to affect individuals who engage in regular running, jumping, or prolonged standing. Activities that exert pressure on the heel, such as ballet dancing and aerobic dancing, can also play a role.
Other possible causes of plantar fasciitis include:
- Ill-fitting footwear
- Weak stabilising muscles
- Uneven terrain
- Foot structure
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Frequently Asked Questions About Plantar Fasciitis
Can You Manage Plantar Fasciitis at Home?
In certain instances, you may be able to address the discomfort arising from plantar fasciitis in the comfort of your home. Potential home treatments include:
- Rest— Reducing physical activity and moving less, while still maintaining some level of activity, is crucial for recovery.
- Ice— Applying ice to your heel (indirectly, using a washcloth or towel) for 20 minutes, four times a day, can help alleviate pain.
- Massage— Pre-exercise foot massage, combined with ice therapy, may offer relief.
- Medication— Over-the-counter pain relievers may be effective, but be sure to follow the recommended dosage. If you have other medical conditions or are taking other medications, consult your doctor before starting any new treatment.
- Footwear Adjustment— Ill-fitting shoes can contribute to or worsen plantar fasciitis. Consider wearing shoes with proper arch support, heel support, and cushioning. You may also consider using padding or inserts.
- Night Splints— Wearing splints at night can keep your foot in the correct position and potentially reduce pain.
What treatments can I access? What treatments might be right for my plantar fasciitis?
A variety of plantar fasciitis treatment options are at your disposal. Your podiatrist will evaluate your pain and determine if plantar fasciitis is a potential cause. Together, you will devise a personalised plantar fasciitis treatment plan that suits your needs. The specific treatment form(s) chosen will be influenced by factors such as the character of your pain, its duration, and its intensity.
Plantar fasciitis treatment options may include:
- Specific exercises
- Lifestyle changes
- Footwear assessment
- Footwear advice
- Dry needling
- Strapping and/or padding
- Weight loss
- Anti-inflammatory injections
- Management of any underlying systemic conditions
Symptoms of plantar fasciitis
Some symptoms of plantar fasciitis include:
- Pain under the heel
- Pain on the sole of the foot
- Pain that begins first thing in the morning and eases throughout the day
- Pain that occurs when you stand up after sitting or lying down for a period of time
- Pain that gets worse again at the end of the day
- The feeling of a small pebble under the heel when you walk
Why Choose Doubleview Podiatry?
At Doubleview Podiatry, we focus on assisting patients with plantar fasciitis and take pride in providing care to help them get back on their feet.
Owner and principal podiatrist Stephen and his team have accumulated decades of clinical experience.
Located just a stone’s throw from Scarborough Beach, our clinic is easily accessible for residents of the northern and western suburbs.
We approach each patient as a unique individual and customise our treatments accordingly.
Discover The Doubleview Advantage
If you envision returning to the days of running, skipping, and jumping with ease, plantar fasciitis treatment could be the key. With our experienced team and unwavering dedication to our work, that day could be nearer than you realise.
Schedule Your Podiatry Appointment in Wembley Downs Today
Ignoring plantar fasciitis may lead you to change the way you move, which in turn may lead to pain or problems in the knee, hip, or back as well as the 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 make an appointment for plantar fasciitis treatment, book online today.
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