What is plantar heel pain or plantar fasciitis?
A large percentage of the population will at some point in their life time develop plantar heel pain. This disorder is characterised by sharp pain predominantly in the heel and throughout the bottom of the foot. Pain is most acute in the morning with the first steps taken, and often continues throughout the day as a dull ache. Plantar fasciitis is extremely common. Studies show that as many as 10 per cent of people may suffer from this disorder at some point in their life, and as much as 80 per cent of all heel pain cases may result from it.
While often found in conjunction with heel spurs, the relationship is unclear, and resolving one will not necessarily resolve the other.
What treatments are available
The specific plantar fasciitis treatment recommended by our podiatrist will depend on your personal circumstances. No two bodies and no two lifestyles are identical, so why should your treatment be? Your gait, your occupation, your activities during the day, the progression of the disorder and your foot shape will all be taken into account to determine the optimum course of action.
Conservative, minimally-invasive treatments are preferred by our clinic. The majority of patients respond well to non-surgical intervention. Custom made orthotics, special exercises to strengthen surrounding muscles and extracorporeal shockwave therapy (as used in the treatment of osteoarthritis of the knee) have all been successfully deployed in a plurality of cases. Recent studies have shown poor results with corticosteroid injections and ready made insoles.
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