What is plantar heel pain or plantar fasciitis?

A large percentage of the population will at some point in their lifetime develop plantar heel pain. It is commonly associated with plantar fasciitis, a disorder that 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. Studies show that as many as 10% of people may suffer from this disorder at some point in their life, and as much as 80% of all heel pain cases may result from it. Plantar fasciitis is extremely common among our patients in Singapore.

When the toes bend upwards, as with pushing off while walking, the plantar fascia tightens and raises the arch.

When the toes bend, as with pushing off while walking, the plantar fascia tightens and raises the arch.

While often found in conjunction with heel spurs, the relationship is unclear, and resolving one will not necessarily resolve the other.

The plantar fascia

The plantar fascia shown here as the bottom-most red layer

What plantar fasciitis treatments are available in Singapore?

The specific plantar fasciitis treatment recommended by our podiatrist in Singapore 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.

Plantar heel pain starts with heel pain. The pain spreads given the connections of the fascia to other structures.

Plantar heel pain starts with heel pain. The pain spreads given the connections of the fascia to other structures.

Conservative, minimally-invasive treatments for plantar fasciitis are preferred by our clinic. The majority of our patients in Singapore 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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Before seeking plantar fasciitis treatment, you may read up more about the current methods employed in the medical field. Feel free to speak to our podiatrist to discuss your queries pertaining to these treatments.

Timing of treatment with Shock Wave Therapy

Effectiveness of Shock Wave Therapy compared to other treatments

Book an appointment today

Make the decision to live a better life, free of pain. Learn more about our plantar fasciitis treatment by reaching out to our clinic in Singapore at +65 6464 8654, and book an appointment with a podiatrist. If you are visiting Kuala Lumpur, you may contact our clinic in Malaysia at +603 7710 5244.

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