Plantar Fasciitis Treatment St Georges
Is heel pain impacting your ability to work, exercise, and go about your daily routine? Plantar fasciitis could be to blame.
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.
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
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
Radial shockwave therapy, known for not requiring recovery time and having no long-term side effects, is a notable treatment choice. We frequently administer shockwave therapy to a diverse range of patients to assist with various types of heel discomfort.
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.
Dry needling is highly regarded for its ability to release tight muscles. Through the use of small acupuncture needles, this technique allows us to target trigger points, assisting in the easing of muscle discomfort.
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
In the realm of podiatry treatments, low-level cold lasers present a more comfortable alternative to their hot laser counterparts. This innovative technology could be an appropriate option for your podiatric care.
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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