Plantar Fasciitis

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Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar Fasciitis (heel pain) is a common complaint seen within the clinic. Most cases are a result of over use of the muscle band or a direct trauma to the foot. A common presentation of plantar fasciitis is pain that has been present in the heel or medial longidutinal arch ranging from a week up to 2 years in untreated patients.The plantar fascia muscle can become inflamed & thickened if you do not seek treatment as early as possible. The healing success rate is much greater in acute cases than in chronic cases.

Symptoms may include:

  • debilitating pain after extended periods of non weight bearing rest such getting out of bed in the morning or after a lunch break
  • pain that may increase over the duration of activity
  • a burning or stabbing sensation around the heel

The cause of Plantar Fasciitis varies, but can include:

  •  flat feet (excessive pronation)
  • high arch feet
  • a job requiring extended periods of standing
  • training surfaces
  • volume of physical activity
  • poor quality footwear
  • being overweight

Treatment may include:

Rest
Reduce the amount of activity/job that may have lead to the problem or that causes further pain

Ice
A frozen water bottle can be used to roll under the foot for 20 minutes at a time to reduce inflammation

Non steroidal anti-inflammatory
May be taken to reduce swelling

Strapping
Rigid sports tape may be used you limit movement in the foot

Bracing
FS6 socks were voted product of the year in 2013 for the treatment of plantar fasciits. The compression socks give graded compression to the injured area for a period of 6 months. These socks can be used day and night and are discreetly placed under your normal socks or hosiery.

Foot Orthotics
Custom foot orthotics may be required to address your biomechanical abnormalities that have causes the condition to develop.

Footwear
Our team of podiatrists at CPC have under gone extensive footwear training to ensure we recommend what’s best for your heel pain and foot type. we also work with local suppliers to ensure a competitive price is guarentee as well as the right advice.

Injection Therapy
A combination of local anaesthetic and cortisone injection may be required if above measures fail to relief your symptoms. This form of treatment is not currently available at the CPC but we can refer you to a partitioner who specialise in this field.

Surgical Intervention
Occassionaly a surgeon may be required to repair non responsive cases of chronic Plantar Fasciitis.