Plantar Fasciitis Treatment Norwood

Plantar Fasciitis Treatment Norwood

Are you experiencing heel discomfort that affects your work, physical activity, and daily activities? Consider the possibility of plantar fasciitis being a contributing factor.

Plantar Fasciitis Norwood
Plantar Fasciitis treatment Norwood

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

At the bottom of the foot lies the plantar fascia, a substantial band of tissue extending from the heel to the toes, pivotal in shaping the foot’s arch and vital for foot functionality and comfort. Inflammation of this tissue, known as plantar fasciitis, often leads to heel discomfort, which can be quite severe.

The most frequently encountered issue at the Adelaide Heel Pain Clinics is this type of heel discomfort. Our clinic sees a daily average of 50 instances of heel discomfort, typically associated with plantar fasciitis. The prevalence of this condition doesn’t lessen its severity. Early management is crucial, especially considering research findings that many individuals with plantar fasciitis experience prolonged discomfort. Early consultation with a podiatrist is highly recommended for effective management.

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.

Plantar Fasciitis Symptoms Norwood
Plantar Fasciitis Causes Norwood

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 Norwood

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 Norwood

Focal Shockwave Therapy

There is only a handful of focal shockwave therapy machines in the country, and only one in South Australia – found right at our clinic. This is one of the most advanced techniques to combat heel pain.

Dry Needling Norwood

Dry Needling

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.

Orthotics Norwood

Orthotics

With custom-made orthotics, you can experience comfort and support that is uniquely suited to your footwear preferences. These orthotics are crafted to align with the specific needs and contours of your foot.

Low-Level Cold Laser Norwood

Low-Level Cold Laser

Low-level cold lasers are a less painful alternative to hot lasers. As one of the breakthrough technologies in podiatry treatments, this could be the right option for you.

Exercise Rehabilitation Norwood

Exercise Rehabilitation

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.

Your Plantar Fasciitis Questions Answered

Are plantar fasciitis and heel spurs the same?
Simply put, no. While these two conditions are often confused with one another, due to similar symptoms, there are key differences. One is ligament inflammation, and the other is related to the bone.
What are the best shoes to wear for plantar fasciitis?
Your shoes need to provide support for your daily activities. There is no one specific shoe design best for plantar fasciitis – it depends on what you need to do each day, and what your specific foot needs. Work with a podiatrist to find the best option for you.
Should I still walk or run if I have plantar fasciitis?
To properly heal your plantar fascia, it’s essential to take time off from exercises like running or any other high-strain activities. However, exercise is extremely important for health. Activities that require lower impact levels such as swimming are great alternatives that won’t worsen your heel pain.
Is plantar fasciitis genetic?
There is no genetic factor affecting the development of plantar fasciitis. It isn’t a condition you’ll inherit from your parents, as there is no genetic link associated.
What does plantar fasciitis feel like?
While patients are bound to experience plantar fasciitis in their own ways, the condition is most commonly described as a sharp, stabbing pain near the bottom of the foot. Pain is usually close to the heel, and at its worst when taking the first few steps after waking up or after sitting/standing for long periods of time.
When should I see a podiatrist for plantar fasciitis?
You shouldn’t wait around to address pain. If you’re experiencing heel pain of any kind, it’s best to visit a podiatrist as soon as possible.
Do compression socks help with plantar fasciitis?
Yes, compression socks are considered beneficial for plantar fasciitis. By supporting the arches and ankles, mobility is limited and alignment can be fixed. For individualised advice regarding how to ease your discomfort, discuss your pain with a podiatrist.
Why does plantar fasciitis hurt more in the morning?
As the plantar fascia remains still for long periods of time, it will shorten. Naturally, when being put in use for the first time after several hours, it may be uncomfortable to stretch it out again. This is why taking the first few steps in the morning, or after sitting or standing for long periods, can be more painful than normal.

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