Heel Spur Treatment Thorngate | Help For Foot, Bone & Calcaneal Spurs
Heel Spurs Treatment Thorngate
At Heel Pain Clinics of Adelaide, we have people come in daily believing a Heel Spur is causing pain that limits what they want to do. However, a Heel Spur does not cause the pain.
It coincides with the actual pain inflicting condition: Plantar Fasciitis which affects the ligament-type structure in the sole of the foot that usually cause pain in the heel and/or arch. The irritated Plantar Fascia becomes inflamed and has small tears in the ligament belly (arch) or where it attaches in to the heel bone. A spur maybe present, but these are not the cause of heel pain. “Heel Spurs” is a misleading diagnosis that has been used over 30 years ago.
Plantar Fasciitis is often described as the feeling of a stone bruise underneath the heel and fluctuates between acute sharpness to a constant ache. It usually causes pain in the first few steps in the morning and maybe later in the afternoon or evening.
STAGES OF PLANTAR FASCIITIS
At Heel Pain Clinics of Adelaide we see mild cases of Plantar Fasciitis to complete ruptures. The earlier it is treated the easier and faster it will resolve and avoid surgery. There is a good chance prescribed exercises and icing may resolve mild plantar fasciitis like in our 5 Step Heel Pain Relief Regime. However, many people will ignore the early symptoms in the hope that the tightness and the dull ache in the heel will go away. Moderate and severe plantar fasciitis requires an assessment at our clinic. If there is a partial or complete rupture in severe cases you may require surgery.
Mild Plantar Fasciitis:
- Bruise-like feeling under the heel
- Dull aching in the heel
- Ache in afternoons/evening following being on their feet for long periods
- Tightness in the arch
- Intermittent pain and may not be every morning or afternoon
Moderate Plantar Fasciitis:
- Rather than feeling tightness it is genuine pain
- Pain every morning
- It takes 1-5 minutes for morning pain to subside
- Pain after sitting down and getting up
Severe Plantar Fasciitis:
- Excruciating pain for most of the day
- Shooting, throbbing and stabbing sensations at rest
- A possible tear or rupture of the plantar fascia which may require surgery
PLANTAR FASCIITIS CAUSES
Contributing factors for Plantar Fasciitis are:
- Poor/soft footwear
- Tight calf muscles
- Poor Foot Function, particularly flat feet
- Sudden increase in body weight
- Recent increase in sporting activity or poor training methods/technique