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The most common foot problem is heel pain (Latin: Plantar Fasciitis), with around 400,000 people in Australia complaining about this condition. Many people suffer in silence and do not seek help with this condition. People complain of burning, stiffness in the morning on waking, or just untolerable pain which worsens the more you are on your feet.
However, you don’t have to suffer in pain. Our expertly trained physiotherapists can not only diagnose you with plantarfascitis but also work out why you have developed it. Treating the symptoms will only go so far in regards to resolving your pain, and the symptoms will always return unless the cause of the problem can be identified.
What Causes it
The medical condition named Plantar Fasciitis means “inflammation of Plantar Fascia”. Plantar Fascia is the tissue connecting your heel bone to your toes along the base of the foot. While a healthy Plantar Fascia should be strong and flexible, this is not always the case. Furthermore, old age, excessive body weight and incorrect foot function can stress the Plantar Fascia too much. This undue tension causes inflammation of the Plantar Fascia.
Victims of Plantar Fasciitis feels a stabbing pain as they wake up and take their first steps or when they walk after sitting down for some time. In response to the condition, the human body develops a bony growth, called the Heel Spur, on the heel bone. Note that the heel spur is a mere symptom of heel pain and not the actual problem.
So how do you heal the heel?
In the search for a cure for your heel problem, you may come across a lot of methods, techniques and medicines. Many of them are far from the right solution, while some of them have a limited purpose and not a holistic solution. The best way to heal the heel pain is through the use of orthotics, which are corrective foot devices.
They work like shoe inserts, where you just have to place them inside your shoes and go about your business. The orthotics heal your Plantar Fasciitis by providing biomechanical correction as they support your foot’s arches and removes the undue tension on the plantar fascia.
According to a study by the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society, 95% of people who used orthotics and did daily exercise with them experienced significant and lasting relief from their heel pain symptoms.
Signs you need orthotics now
If you suffer from pain in one of the following six areas, you need to use orthotics:
• Heel pain or arch pain
• Pain in the side of the buttock while standing, walking or lying on either side in bed (Iliotibial Band syndrome)
• Pain in the bones of the ball of the foot
• Shin splints
• Pain up the shin bone on activity
• Long term troubles with in-grown toenails
• Tired and aching feet
• Sore calf muscles
• Achilles tendon pain
• Ankle pain
• Flat feet and bunions
• Foot pain when walking or running
Now that the cause of the symptoms is resolved, you will likely need a course of physiotherapy to settle down your symptoms. Tight calves, tight plantasrfascitis, poor biomechanics are all things which need to improved. Our therapists use the best evidence based research to treat plantarfascitis and this may be using shockwave therapy, soft tissue release, dry needling, kinesiotaping and electrotherapy.
If you any of the above symptoms, contact us at Hinterland Physiotherapy and let us help you with permanent relief!
Orthotics are tailor made for your feet. The support and realignment achieved when wearing orthotics will alleviate joint and soft tissue strain, and allow your feet to provide a stable foundation for the rest of your body.
Gait scan: This device is an excellent tool to accurately assess the functional pressures generated by your feet and lower limbs. With the aid of a pressure pad and state of the art software, our physiotherapists will find the cause of your pain, and then advise on the best orthotic available for your condition. These orthotics will provide you with the best chance of correcting the problem and eliminating the pain.