Now the nights are getting lighter and the weather is improving, more of us are coming out of hibernation. We are starting to socialise, spend time outdoors and exercising to shift the odd winter pound.
At this time of year we see an increasing number of patients coming to the practice complaining of heel pain and plantarfasciitis. Patients are often unsure what is and when or if they should seek treatment. They come to us saying that they are missing out on the activities they love and often have suffered for a long period of time and have tried out out all sorts of remedies suggested by their friends and families.
Treating Plantar fasciitis is something that we have a great deal of experience in treating successfully so why not come and see what we can do to help……….
What is Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the band of tissue that stretches between the heel and middle part of the foot. It supports the arch of your foot.
This condition is often caused by overuse such as excessive running, standing or walking. Wearing shoes that do not support your arch or cushion your feet can also result in plantar fasciitis.
What are the symptoms?
Heel pain can be caused by a variety of factors. The most common symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis include acute pain during the first steps after walking or after of period of inactivity. With moderate activity, the pain may subside, but it may return later in the day or after long periods of standing or walking. If it is a long-term issue, it may also show as a dull, pain or throbbing sensation which can be constant.
Why have I got it?
Poor functional foot mechanics are the most common cause. Walking, running, and prolonged standing are thought to lead to micro-tearing of the plantar fascia if you have flat feet producing excessive pronation or excessively high arches (Cavus feet), weak calf muscles, obesity, and so on. As well as unsuitable footwear.
If you believe you have Plantar Fasciitis you should seek professional help. The quicker you seek help the better the outcome. If it has been present for more than 6 weeks, the treatment required will more rigorous and can take longer to complete.
As with any injury plantar fasciitis can take several months to heal. Our Podiatrist may recommend a treatment programme and will work with you to help you get back to your activities as soon as possible without pain.
If you think you have Plantar fasciitis get in touch with us for an assessment. We’ll be able to help you get back to doing the things that you love with our tried and tested, evidence based treatment programme, this can include:
- Footwear advice
- Shockwave Therapy
- Exercise Rehabilitation Therapy