“Dr Google Says I have Plantar Fasciitis!”

“Dr Google says I have plantar fasciitis, I have tried some things that Google told me to do to help fix it and nothing has helped me, I’ve been sore for 6 months and I’m not getting any better.”

 

We hear this story, or something similar very often from patients attending our clinic. Plantar heel pain, most commonly associated with the plantar fascia, is pain on the underside of the foot along the heel/arch. It is a very common condition that we see often in our clinic. We prefer to refer to the issue as plantar heel pain, as there are a number of issues that contribute to feeling pain in the heel, plantar fasciitis (swelling of the plantar fascia) is one of them. 

The plantar fascia is injured when placed under more load than it can handle. This can happen due to a number of reasons, such as:

  • Poor biomechanics
  • Poor footwear
  • Tightness in calves/limited ankle joint mobility
  • Sudden load/activity increases
  • High BMI/body weight

We like to assess biomechanics and anything else that could be potentially causing issues.. 

Throughout your appointment we will assess: 

  • Gait (through visual observation and also through our “Gaitscan” machine which measures plantar pressures in the foot while we are walking)
  • The strength of different intrinsic and extrinsic muscles
  • Flexibility and range of motion of the lower limb 
  • We like to question on injury history
  • Assess footwear
  • Discuss your goals (do you want to run 50 kilometres per week or do you want to get around the house pain free?)

Due to this issue being so prevalent, we help many patients with the issue by offering different treatment options in our clinic for this issue. Some of these include, but are certainly not limited to:

  • Orthotic therapy
  • Taping 
  • Shockwave therapy
  • Footwear advice

We are able to work through your situation together to choose the best treatment pathway to get you moving as close to pain free as possible. So if you are suffering from heel pain, please get in contact with us to book your appointment! 

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