There are a number of names for plantar fasciitis including heel spurs, plantar fasciopathy and plantar heel pain. Plantar fasciitis is common, occurring in approximately 10% of the population. People with plantar fasciitis usually experience pain when getting out of bed in the morning and the pain will gradually reduce with walking. The pain may return with longer periods of standing or at the end of the day.
The pain most likely occurs where a band of connective tissue, called the plantar fascia, inserts into the heel bone on the bottom of the foot. When repeated stress is applied to this tissue, pain can occur.
There are number of risk factors for plantar fasciitis, which include increased weight, long periods of standing and decreased ankle joint range of motion.
There are a number of different conditions that may be similar to plantar fasciitis, so it is important you see your podiatrist to exclude other causes.
The podiatrists at Fitzroy Foot and Ankle Clinic can provide excellent advice on the proper management of heel pain.
There are a variety of different treatment options available for plantar fasciitis. Your podiatrist will be able to discuss these with you and provide a comprehensive treatment plan.
Addressing lifestyle factors
Below are some treatment options provided by Fitzroy Foot and Ankle Clinic podiatrists.
Shockwave therapy for plantar fasciitis
Extracorporeal shockwave therapy is an exciting new therapy aimed at treating chronic musculoskeletal conditions. In plantar fasciitis, extracorporeal shockwave therapy is used to stimulate healing in people suffering chronic pain (i.e. longer than 3 months). Clincal trials have demonstrated extracorporeal shockwave therapy can reduce heel pain in 70-80% of patients.
Benefits of this treatment include:
very few side effects
reductions in pain often felt immediately
Foot orthotics for plantar fasciitis
Fitzroy Foot and Ankle Clinic podiatrist, Glen Whittaker, has conducted research on foot orthotics for plantar fasciitis. Read more about this research here.
This research has found that foot orthotics are an effective treatment for plantar fasciitis. Foot orthotics can reduce the pressure going through the heel, which will reduce pain and improve function.
At Fitzroy Foot and Ankle Clinic we have a range of foot orthotics including custom foot orthotics and high quality prefabricated orthotics The prefabricated orthotics are an effective option but at a more affordable price.
Treatment of plantar fasciitis
Start treatment for plantar fasciitis with our Podiatrists now. Book online or call the clinic on (03) 9485 8000.