Plantar Fasciitis Treatment Broadview
Heel discomfort can significantly impact your work life, exercise habits, and daily routines. Plantar fasciitis is one condition that might be contributing to this issue.
What is Plantar Fasciitis?
The plantar fascia is a thick band of tissue along the bottom of the foot, running from the heel right to the toe. It forms the arch of your foot, making it absolutely essential to the successful and comfortable function of your foot. Plantar fasciitis refers to the inflammation of the plantar fascia, and causes heel pain that can become extremely severe.
Heel pain is the single most common injury that we see at the Adelaide Heel Pain Clinics. At our specialist clinic alone, we typically see about 50 cases per day of heel pain commonly labelled plantar fasciitis. This condition is clearly extremely common, but that doesn’t make it any less of a serious problem. This nasty condition needs swift treatment, especially since recent studies have shown that 50% of plantar fasciitis sufferers still had it after five years – and more than 45% still had it after ten! Nobody wants to be in pain for the next decade, so seeing a podiatrist as soon as possible is a must.
Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis
A primary sign of plantar fasciitis is heel pain, often characterised as sharp and located at the foot’s bottom, near the heel. Patients frequently describe this discomfort as most severe in the early morning, as they begin walking after a night’s rest. The pain might also increase after long periods of either sitting or standing. Plantar fasciitis may present other symptoms as well, such as pain in the sole of the foot, limping, swelling in the foot area, and a general tenderness.
What Causes Plantar Fasciitis
Plantar fasciitis develops due to excessive pressure and strain on the plantar fascia itself, causing inflammation and irritation that leads directly to heel pain. At times, this inflammation is a result of strenuous activity, such as sports or hobbies that put stress on the heel bone. This may include dancing, running, or gymnastics. Other factors that could increase the likelihood of developing plantar fasciitis could be weight gain, ageing, pregnancy, spending long hours on your feet, and having flat feet or high arches.
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Treatment of Plantar Fasciitis
At Adelaide Heel Pain Clinics, we see a wide range of plantar fasciitis cases each day, offering support to those dealing with heel discomfort. Our clinic is well-prepared with the experience and facilities needed to assist in managing heel discomfort, catering to a variety of severities and specific case requirements. Our ability to provide a diverse selection of treatment options means that we can develop a personalised treatment strategy to suit your individual circumstances.
Radial Shockwave Therapy
With no long-term side effects and zero recovery time needed, radial shockwave therapy is a strong treatment option. We regularly provide shockwave therapy for many different patients to help with heel pain of different types.
Focal Shockwave Therapy
In Australia, focal shockwave therapy machines are quite rare, with only a select few available, and our clinic in South Australia is proud to house one of these machines. This method is recognised as one of the more advanced approaches to managing heel discomfort.
When it comes to releasing tight muscles, dry needling is one of the best-regarded treatment techniques. Using small acupuncture needles, we can target trigger points and help ease muscle pain.
Custom orthotics offer personalised comfort and support, adaptable to any shoe you choose to wear. These orthotics provide an approach tailored specifically to your foot and individual requirements.
Low-Level Cold Laser
The use of low-level cold lasers provides an option with reduced discomfort when compared to hot lasers. This method is considered a significant advancement in podiatric treatments, potentially aligning well with your requirements.
Why not explore a treatment strategy that’s completely customised to your individual pain, health, and aspirations? Partnering with a podiatrist to formulate a custom exercise rehabilitation plan might bring substantial benefits.
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