Plantar Fasciitis Treatment Vale Park | Adelaide Heel Pain Clinic

Plantar Fasciitis Treatment Vale Park

At Heel Pain Clinics of Adelaide, Plantar Fasciitis is the number one condition we see. We see numerous new cases every day, from local residents in Vale Park.

What is plantar fasciitis?

Plantar Fasciitis is a condition affecting the ligament-type structure in the sole of the foot that causes pain in the heel and/or arch. The irritated Plantar Fascia becomes inflamed and sometimes small tears develop in the ligament belly (arch) or it attachment to the heel bone. Sometimes Heel Spurs are present, but these are not the cause of heel pain. “Heel Spurs” are a misleading diagnosis that has been used over 30 years ago. The heel spurs don’t cause the pain. It is the inflammation of the plantar fascia attaching to the spur.

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.

 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

    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

    At Heel Pain Clinics of Adelaide we have our Heal Your Heel System which treats the underlying factors which lead to stress of the plantar fascia.

    The Heal Your Heel System comprises of three components:

    • 5 Step Heel Pain Relief Regime (Stretching, Strengthening and Icing)
    • Extracorporal Shockwave Therapy
    • Addressing Biomechanics

    If you have Plantar Fasciitis and there is no rupture this has been clinically proven to have a 97% success rate*.

    *These journal articles can be provided upon request after your Initial Gap Free Assessment

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    We offer a GAP FREE ASSESSMENT* for heel pain under your health insurance.

    Heel Pain can be a serious problem for you. It’s a nasty condition and one that needs to be treated fast once it presents or ideally prevented in the first place. Often our patients will report that they just can’t get up and go anymore, playing with the kids gets harder and exercise becomes near impossible. It will be a major issue for you (and your exercise plans) if you don’t act early.

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