Heel Pain and Plantar Fasciitis
If you're suffering from heel pain when you get out of bed in the morning or after periods of rest, you may have Plantar Fasciitis or whats often referred to as 'heel spurs'
Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common conditions that Podiatrists treat and if you've been experiencing heel pain for more than a week, it's worth having an assessment.
Plantar fasciitis is inflammation and thickening of the plantar fascia. The plantar fascia runs from the heel to the ball of your foot and is responsible for supporting and helping the foot to function normally.
Due to the location of the plantar fascia, pain can develop from the heel to the ball of the foot.
There are many contributing factors to the development of plantar fasciitis including increased BMI, poor footwear, sudden increase in activity, excessive time spent on feet and overuse.
There are some other pathologies which may present in a similar way to plantar fasciitis, so it is important to see your podiatrist for a thorough assessment
There are a number treatment options for plantar fasciitis and your Podiatrist will be able to discuss these with you to provide the most suitable option.
For many people the short term use of taping with the addition of foot orthotics is an effective treatment option. Other factors including lifestyle, activity modification, footwear changes and exercises need to be considered.
In more stubborn and chronic cases of plantar fasciitis, Shockwave Therapy is a highly effective treatment. Several treatments may be required but it's a great alternative for those not wanting injection therapy (see our page on shockwave)