Plantar Fasciitis & Heel Pain Treatment

Pain and stiffness in the arch or the bottom of the heel, especially after periods of rest or first thing in the morning, may indicate that you have plantar fasciitis.

The plantar fascia is soft tissue that runs underneath the foot, from the heel to the metatarsal bones (or balls of the feet.) Plantar fasciitis is a condition that presents as pain in the heel and/or arches of the feet. Symptoms often first present during the first steps in the morning and progressively worsen throughout the day.

Risk factors include:
-Activity such as standing for work or exercise
-Improper shoewear that does not offer enough support
-Structure of your feet such as flat feet
-Tight muscles and joints with reduced range of motion
-Weight gain will place more pressure on the feet and surrounding structures
-Age will cause the soft tissue and joints to weaken, and increase tension in the plantar fascia
-History of trauma, injury and/or surgeries to the lower limb will cause inefficient or unusual walking patterns and cause tension to the plantar fascia

What can a Podiatrist do?
We will conduct an assessment of your feet, legs and look at how you walk. Shoewear recommendation will also be provided.
We will do treatments on the day that may include joint mobilisation to improve the range of motion, dry needling to reduce muscle tightness and taping. We will also advise a suitable stretching and exercise program.
Custom foot orthoses can also be very effective for plantar fasciitis as they help take the pressure of the heel and allow more efficient movement.

We are able to help you get fast relief from your arch or heel pain. If you’re living in Mount Hawthorn, North Perth or Leederville give Oxford Street Podiatry a call today!

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