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Heel Pain, Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar Fasciitis, Heel pain is the common foot problem Podiatrists see.  Plantar Fasciitis can occur when a person increases their levels of physical activity or when the heel's fat pad becomes thinner, providing less protection to the foot.  It is also common from the time we reach our mid-late thirties are we start to lose some of the natural stretch in our tendons.

The Plantar Fascia (which is a tendon type structure) runs under the arch all our body weight rest on it whenever we stand. The combination of losing tendon stretch and years of walking makes Plantar Fasciitis a very common foot problem.

We have treated thousands of people with Plantar Fasciitis in our clinics over the past 17 years.  Here is what we found works;

  1. Morning massage, before standing, using Deep Heat.  This helps the fascia warm up and reduces micro tearing of the fascia upon weight bearing.
  2. Orthotics to reduce the strain on the Plantar Fascia.  There are specific orthotics that will do this and of course they need to be right for your foot as every foot is different.  There may even be an underlying foot function you have that is causing increased strain on the Plantar Fascia.  A Podiatrist has the skills to identify if this is the case.
  3. Afternoon massage, using Antiflam or Arnica, to reduce any inflammation that has built up during the day.
  4. Stretch the Plantar Fascia and Achilles tendon through the day.
  5. Strengthen the muscles within the foot that help to support the function of the Plantar Fascia.  There are specific exercise which will achieve this, a Foot Mechanics Podiatrist has been trained to demonstrate these exercise for you.
  6. Compression using the FS6 foot compression sleeve.  This product is a new technology which applies compression to the Plantar Fascia while you go about your day and while your sleeping.

Plantar Fasciitis will still take a few weeks to settle (sometimes a few months).  If needed there are further treatments available such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory tablets, serial strapping, cortisone injection and surgery.  As you can see these are much more invasive, fortunately we seldom have to progress people to these treatment options.

If you have Plantar Fasciitis, Heel Pain, and want to make contact with us to get it resolved you can click here.  We look forward to helping you.

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