Plantar Fasciitis Treatment Medindie Park
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 typically arises from an overload of pressure and strain on the plantar fascia, leading to inflammation and discomfort in the heel. Often, this inflammation can stem from intense physical activities that place a burden on the heel, like dancing, running, or gymnastics. Contributing factors to the development of plantar fasciitis might include weight changes, the natural aging process, pregnancy, extended periods of standing, or foot structures such as flat feet or high arches.
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Treatment of Plantar Fasciitis
Adelaide Heel Pain Clinics handles numerous plantar fasciitis cases on a daily basis. Our clinic is equipped with the necessary experience and resources to assist individuals experiencing heel discomfort, regardless of the case’s severity or distinct details. The reason for the high number of patients seeking our assistance for heel pain is our array of treatment possibilities. We focus on creating a treatment approach tailored to each individual’s needs.
Radial Shockwave Therapy
The use of radial shockwave therapy, characterised by its lack of long-term side effects and the absence of a recovery period, stands out as a significant treatment alternative. This therapy is often utilised in our practice to aid individuals experiencing different forms of heel pain.
Focal Shockwave Therapy
Our clinic in South Australia is unique in housing one of the few focal shockwave therapy machines in the country. This technique is considered to be at the forefront of approaches for addressing heel pain.
Among the techniques for relaxing tight muscles, dry needling stands out. By employing acupuncture needles, this method focuses on trigger points to aid in reducing 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.
Consider opting for a treatment plan that is uniquely crafted for your specific needs – addressing your discomfort, health, and personal objectives. Collaborating with a podiatrist to develop a bespoke exercise rehabilitation plan may provide significant advantages.
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