Plantar Fasciitis Treatment Malvern
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 dense tissue strip running along the foot’s underside, from heel to toe, essential for forming the foot’s arch and ensuring its optimal functionality and comfort. When this tissue becomes inflamed, a condition known as plantar fasciitis, it often leads to significant heel discomfort.
Heel pain, particularly plantar fasciitis, is the most commonly seen issue at the Adelaide Heel Pain Clinics, with our clinic encountering about 50 such cases each day. Its frequent occurrence underscores the importance of addressing it seriously. Prompt intervention is suggested, as research shows that many individuals with plantar fasciitis continue to experience symptoms for several years. Seeking early podiatric advice is advisable for managing such discomfort effectively.
Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis
The primary symptom to indicate plantar fasciitis is, of course, heel pain. The pain commonly associated with this particular condition is typically described as sharp, taking place in the bottom of the foot right near the heel. It is common for patients to describe their pain as worst in the morning, as they take their first few steps after laying down the entire night. Similarly, pain from plantar fasciitis can be worse after sitting or standing for long periods at once. Other common symptoms could include pain in the sole of the foot, limping, swelling, and 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 treat dozens of plantar fasciitis cases every day. We have the experience and resources to help people with their heel pain, no matter the severity or the unique specifics of their case. There’s a reason so many patients come to us with their heel pain. With so many treatment options readily available within our clinic, chances are we’ll be able to build a treatment plan that’s right for you.
Radial Shockwave Therapy
Offering radial shockwave therapy, which comes without long-term side effects and eliminates the need for recovery time, is an important option in our treatment repertoire. This therapy is commonly applied to assist patients with various kinds of heel pain.
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.
The use of dry needling is considered a notable approach for relieving muscle tightness. Utilising fine acupuncture needles, it targets trigger points, which can be helpful in alleviating muscle pain.
Custom orthotics can bring individualised comfort and support into any shoe you want to wear. With orthotics, you can receive a treatment option built entirely for your foot and your unique needs.
Low-Level Cold Laser
Low-level cold lasers offer a less discomforting alternative compared to hot lasers. Regarded as one of the innovative technologies in podiatry care, this might be a suitable choice for your needs.
How about a tailored treatment plan that focuses on your unique pain, health, and goals? Engaging with a podiatrist to create a personalised exercise rehabilitation plan could yield considerable benefits.
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