Plantar Fasciitis – Heel Pain (Heel Spur)
One of the most painful problems in the foot is heel pain. The term Plantar fasciitis describes a condition in which the plantar fascia, a ligament-like band that runs from the heel to the ball of the foot, becomes damaged, inflamed and painful. This is also referred as “heel spurs”.
Plantar fasciitis often leads to tenderness on the inside portion of the heel where the heel and arch meet. This causes pain in the heel and sometimes along the arch of the foot. This painful tenderness is usually greatest in the morning when you first place your heel on the ground and are struck by an achy and sometimes sharp pain. You may also experience pain when you get up after periods of rest.
The podiatrist will assess your foot and identify the cause of the plantar fascial pain. As plantar fasciitis is predominantly caused by over pronation of the feet, a treatment plan to control this motion will be implemented. If left untreated, plantar fasciitis can become a chronic and debilitating ailment that may eventually require surgery.
Early treatment might involve exercise and shoe recommendations, taping and anti-inflammatory medication. Orthotics are also used to treat Planter Fasciitis, Orthotics support the arch of the foot, and limits the stretching of the plantar fascia allowing it to heal.
At South West Podiatry if you are experiencing foot pain we advise that you book in for a 1 Hour BIOMECHANICAL ASSESSMENT.
A Biomechanical Assessment Includes:
- Full History of your pain, including a review of any scans you may have
- Muscle Testing
- Joint Testing
- Non Weight Bearing ROM tests
- Weight bearing Joint and ROM Assessment
- Video Gait analysis
- Footwear assessment
- Full Treatment Plan
Any questions please feel free to ask the podiatrist, who will be happy to help you.
Please contact us on (02) 4620 8877 and book in for a Biomechanical Assessment if:
- You have heel pain OR
- You have been diagnosed with planter fasciitis OR
- Your GP advised that you have heel spurs
- You have flat feet OR
- Simply, you have painful heels
Call us today at (02)46208877 to book with one of our Podiatrists.