Does getting out of bed in the morning cause you pain? Do you get a sharp pain in your heel when walking barefoot, or when getting up off the couch? Plantar heel pain, also known as plantar fasciitis, is a common condition that affects up to 10% of the population at any given time.
The plantar fascia is a large piece of connective tissue that extends from the knuckles of the toes down to the heel bone along the sole of your foot. Its role is to stabilise the foot during the walking motion and prevent the foot from excessively spreading out. Those with feet that overpronate too far (roll in) as well as those that spend long periods of time on their feet can be prone to increased stress along their plantar fascia. Given time this can lead to thickening of the tissue and pain where it attaches into the heel bone.
There are a number of steps in the treatment of plantar heel pain. Muscle release and stretching are beneficial as muscular tightness is one of the main causes of gait irregularities and overpronation. Support for the foot, through footwear and orthotic therapy, is also important as it allows the offloading of overworked muscles and ligaments. Combined with proper pain management these steps provide the best steps to achieve a pain-free outcome.
With the help of our podiatrists you can improve your plantar heel pain, and avoid the dreaded steps out of bed in the morning. Call our reception at (07) 3823 5423 to book an appointment and start your treatment.