Plantar Fasciitis (arch and heel pain)
PLANTAR FASCIITIS (ARCH&HEEL PAIN)
Plantar fasciitis is a common, debilitating condition causing heel pain on weight-bearing. Arch pain can also be commonly felt under the feet or around the edges of the heel. It is often most painful after getting up in the morning or upon rising after being seated, with pain usually subsiding after walking around for a few minutes. Plantar fasciitis can be related to the development of heel spurs in the long-term.
Plantar fasciitis is caused by excessive strain on the plantar fascia (thick band of tissue that runs under the arch of the foot). Strain mostly occurs around its attachment site in the heel or along the inside border through the arch of the foot. Arch pain may be felt on it’s own without the heel pain or heel spur symptoms Some common causes can be:
- Acute injury
- Excessive weight
- Poor foot function or excess foot pronation
- High arches
- Tight calf muscles
- Poor footwear
It is essential that treatment is commenced as early as possible to gain the best outcomes. Heel spurs and Plantar fasciitis can be hard to treat if chronic, so don’t delay in making an appointment with one of our podiatrists. Treatment may consist of the following:
- Ultrasound and heat therapy
- Orthotics, either soft or custom-made.
- Stretching and massage
- Footwear advice and prescription
Call for an appointment today to end your arch pain and heel pain permanently!