HEEL PAIN / PLANTAR FASCIITIS
Plantar Fasciitis is an overuse syndrome causing inflammation of the plantar fascia. The most tender spot tends to be the origin of the Plantar Fascia on the bottom of the heel (medial tubercle of the Calcaneus). Often a patient will complain of severe heel pain that is worse during the first few steps in the morning or after long periods of walking. The pain often decreases with rest.
The Chiropodist will examine your foot for swelling, redness, and tenderness of the area. A full biomechanical and gait analysis will be performed.
Treatment may include a number of the following; stretching exercises, tapping and strapping, rest, ice, proper or custom footwear, custom orthotics, prescription anti-inflammatory medication (NSAIDs). More invasive treatment can include corticosteroid injection or a surgical procedure such as needling or plantar fascia release.
Depending on the severity of the plantar fasciitis, and other health factors, treatment can span from a matter of weeks to several months and may involve a combination of management approaches. Patient's should be made aware that “Guaranteed” or “fast fixes” by unregulated persons or non-foot specialist often will not suffice.
Plantar Fasciitis will most often not improve unless the root biomechanical and gait problems are addressed. The predisposing factors must be taken into consideration to rid the pain and inflammation of the tissue. The pain can become so debilitating the individual may stop exercising, may take time off work, or completely refrain from participating in activities they love. Eventually permanent damage to the plantar fascia and surrounding tissue can occur.