Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain. It occurs when the plantar fascia, the ligament connecting your heel bone to your toes, becomes strained. The ligament becomes inflamed and causes pain when walking or standing.
Before our practitioners can determine the appropriate solution for your specific plantar fasciitis treatment plan, they will thoroughly assess you with standard medical, Orthopedic and special Osteopathic tests.
Plantar fasciitis is most common in middle aged people; however, it can affect anyone, especially those who spend a lot of time on their feet such as athletes.
Causes Of Plantar Fasciitis
Plantar fasciitis is caused by strain to the plantar fascia ligament; repeated strain can cause the ligament to tear.
You may be at risk if you:
- Turn your feet inwards when walking, Pronation
- Have high or flat arches
- Spend a lot of time walking, running, or standing, particularly on hard surfaces
- Wear shoes that do not fit correctly
- Have tight calf muscles or Achilles tendons.
Plantar Fasciitis Symptoms
The most common symptom of plantar fasciitis is feeling pain when you take your first steps in the morning or after sitting for a long period of time. Pain may subside after a few steps but increases throughout the day. Pain will also increase after climbing stairs or standing for long periods of time
Diagnosis of Plantar Fasciitis
Your doctor will check your feet and observe you while walking and standing. Your physical activities, past injuries and when the pain occurs are also key factors in diagnosing plantar fasciitis. Your doctor may also choose to take X-Rays to rule out any broken bones.
Plantar Fasciitis Treatment
Our highly skilled practitioners can help ease the pain of plantar fasciitis in many ways, we suggest:
- Resting your feet
- Icing your heels to reduce swelling
- Stretching your toes and calves and towel stretching a few times a days, especially in the mornings
- Getting a proper fitting pair of shoes or trying heel cups or orthotics.
Your doctor may recommend splits or medical treatment, depending on the severity of the strain. If pain persists for 6-12 months you may require surgery.
If you have any questions in regards to this condition do not hesitate to call our team to arrange an appointment.
If you would like more information or have any questions regarding Plantar Fasciitis, please do not hesitate to contact our Melbourne CBD or Reservoir teams on (03) 9470 1010.