Do you wake up in the morning with sharp pain under your heel? Is your foot sore when you get up off the lounge? Does the pain disappear after a few steps? There is a strong possibility you may have Plantar Fasciitis. The plantar fascia is the strongest ligament in the body, yet your Podiatrist in Camden see’s painful degenerated plantar fascia’s hundreds of times per year.
A degenerated inflamed plantar fascia will eventually lead to painful heel and arch. This can be due to increase in exercise, poor footwear, exercising when injured. This results in microtear’s of the plantar fascia, inflammation and scar tissue formation. In many instances, simple changes can result in symptom improvement – however, when pain becomes more obvious or chronic you need to see your podiatrist.
Some of the treatment options include:
- Footwear changes – educate to help select the right shoe for both your foot type and your activity
- Activity modifications – if a certain drill/exercise is aggravating your problem, help guide you towards alternatives or variations that will help improve symptoms.
- Foot strengthening exercises – intrinsic and extrinsic foot exercises to help reduce the risk of recurrence
- Foot mobilisations – excellent in alleviating symptoms
- Stretching program – in many instances calf tightness exacerbates symptoms
- Custom orthotics – aid by supporting the foot and de-loading the injured area.
- Shockwave therapy – Assists in dulling the pain receptors, stimulating collagen production and increasing oxygen and nutrients to the injured area.
Heel pain isn’t a life sentence, as painful and stubborn as you may think it is. Book in to see your friendly Camden Podiatrist and get rid of your pain like patients all over Sydney