At the Triumph Institute Podiatry clinic in Bankstown, Grant the Podiatrist sees many clients presenting with heel pain. Please continue to read what Grant’s thoughts are of one of the most common foot conditions.
Plantar Fasciitis aka “Heel pain” is defined as a condition where the foot’s natural arch support, a rubbery band type tissue called the plantar fascia has been inflammed, overstretched or damaged.
Clients have described their heel pain as:
- burning in heel, arch and whole foot
- sharp pain anywhere in heel (primarily in the inside of the heel)
- stiffness and pain when getting out of bed in the morning
- pain during an initial walking movement after a period of inactivity
- pain walking barefoot
- causing their lower back pain
Some health professionals may only identify that heel pain is caused by one factor but in fact it is caused by two factors, an overstretched and inflammed plantar fascia and tight calves.
No matter the age, race, weight, height or activity level, heel pain can strike at anytime. From kids to the elderly, many clients are plagued by the pain they experience when walking.
It can occur over time, from a small, mild “niggle” in the heel region to severe debilitating pain.
Plantar fasciitis occurs because of three factors:
- Poor surface upon walking
- Poor footwear
- Poor foot posture
- Repeated daily
Resolving plantar fasciitis revolves around 4 treatment steps which target each of the “Why” factors
- Ice therapy
- Stretching and Strengthening exercises
- Sports therapy
- Orthotic therapy
Grant reiterates that plantar fasciitis is a lifestyle problem and there is no quick fix. Other health professionals recommend pain medication, cortisone treatment and in some cases even surgery! At the Triumph Institute Podiatry Clinic, Grant does not encourage the previously mentioned treatments but rather he would view you as an elite athlete requiring continuous rehabilitation work to resolve your condition as well as preventing further damage. Grant treats any lower limb condition holistically, assessing you from head to toe as well as your daily activities from going to work to cleaning the dishes!
So, we hope you’ve found this article informative and easy to understand. If you have any queries, please contact the clinic or email directly to Grant via the website. We hope to see you soon at Bankstown’s Triumph Institute Podiatry Clinic, because you deserve to be better.