Heel Pain / Plantar Fasciitis

If you have noticed your heels are sore in the mornings or becoming sore whilst walking or running, it may be possible that you have plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is a very common condition.  Other names for plantar fasciitis include policeman’s heel, heel spur syndrome and runner’s heel.

Plantar fasciits heel spur

Look Out for These Symptoms

Plantar Fasciitis can be extremely painful.  It is mainly felt in the bottom of the heel, but can be felt into the arch.  Pain is usually worse first thing in the morning and improves with activity.

Many people describe the pain as a bruising sensation in the heel.  Pain can be felt when going up onto the toes or when direct pressure is placed onto the heel.

 Pain is usually worse the day after exercise.  Occasionally, redness and swelling may be present.

What Causes It

Plantar fasciitis has numerous causes. A common cause is an increase in muscle work due to an excessive foot roll in, tightness in the calf muscles or incorrect footwear.

An increase in activity levels can also be a culprit.

How to Eliminate Pain

Plantar fasciitis will not go away on its own.  However, in most cases it can be easily treated, usually with minimal discomfort, and with an immediately significant improvement.  If you believe you may be suffering from plantar fasciitis, you should see a podiatrist. At Foot Factor Podiatry we treat the cause of plantar fasciitis, not just the symptoms.  Using the latest evidence based treatments, selected upon individual requirements; all podiatrists at Foot Factor Podiatry can implement dry needling, myotherapy, foot mobilisation and manipulative techniques, plantar fascial stretching and fascial release, at-home exercises, footwear advice and orthotic therapy.  Our podiatrist’s spend time assessing the foot mechanics and prescribe individualised treatment plans.

 We’ve relieved many patients from the pain of plantar fasciitis.  If you’re concerned, book yourself in with our podiatrist, at Foot Factor Podiatry, unit 1/1 Laurinda Cres, Springwood (ph.  3133 8134) or 2/124 Orange Grove Rd, Coopers Plains (ph. 07 3133 8134).

Don’t let pain restrict your participation in life!