Plantar Fasciitis Treatment from Leading Podiatrists


Plantar fasciitis is the most common form of heel pain we see here at myPod Podiatry, and is typically experienced by patients in middle age, people participating in running events, dancers, people with flat feet or high arches, or those that work long hours on their feet.

Primarily affecting as structure called the plantar fascia, which is a spring-like band of tissue running between the heel and toes, Plantar fasciitis occurs when we bruise or overstretch this big ligament, causing inflammation and heel pain. Plantar fasciitis is often associated with heel spurs, although the spur is less a source of pain than the inflamed ligament.

Plantar Fasciitis Symptoms

Plantar fasciitis symptoms are typically felt directly underneath the heel, most commonly after first getting out of bed or after rest. Other symptoms can be pain after prolonged periods of standing and after strenuous exercise.

Prevention and Early Treatment of Plantar Fasciitis

Tips for preventing Plantar fasciitis include:

  • Having the correct shoes for your chosen activity that support the arch of the foot and provide adequate cushioning
  • Replacing worn out runners at regular intervals
  • Keeping your weight down to a healthy level to prevent excess pressure on the heel
  • Preparing for (training) and warming up correctly before intensive sports, particularly running

Early treatments include temporary removing weight from the heel to reduce inflammation and gently stretching the plantar fascia and achilles tendon. It is highly recommended you see your Podiatrist as soon as you feel discomfort affecting the plantar fascia, as early detection goes a long way towards effectively treating the condition. If a mild stretching and strength building program don’t have the desired effect, there are many other treatment options to be offered.

How to Treat Plantar Fasciitis

Early treatments include temporarily removing weight from the heel to reduce inflammation and gently stretching the plantar fascia and Achilles tendon.

It is highly recommended you see your Podiatrist as soon as you feel discomfort affecting the plantar fascia, as early detection goes a long way towards effectively treating the condition. Our Podiatrists may offer you a mild stretching and strength building program, but if this does not have the desired effect, there are many other treatment options we can offer.

If caught early within two weeks of first feeling pain, Plantar fascia pain can be resolved quickly by combining basic therapies like:

  • Massage
  • Hot or cold therapy
  • Supportive and cushioned shoes

These are all simple ways the injury can be resolved at home.If this is not working, or the pain has been around longer than two weeks, we can provide more aggressive treatments to prevent additional stress to the heel and arch. These will include:

  • A full biomechanical assessment
  • A gait evaluation
  • A tailored treatment program involving stretching and strengthening of the feet and lower calf
  • Off-loading the painful area
  • Fitting of cushioned footwear
  • Custom orthotics
  • Or other alternative therapies

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