Plantar Fasciitis. What is it?
You’ve woken up and and it feels like someone has driven a nail into the bottom of your foot. A pain known all too well to those who suffer from Plantar Fasciitis. Plantar Fasciitis is an extremely common condition, that if not treated correctly can take some time to heel.
The plantar fascia a strong, thick piece of tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot. It connects the heel bone to the toes, creating the foot’s inner arch, acting like a shock absorber. Because this tissue becomes irritated we see our patients reporting pain:
- First thing in the morning
- After prolonged periods of activity
- Associated with prolonged periods of standing or sitting.
WHAT CAUSES IT:
Overload! It may seem that it has come out of no-where. But somewhere along the line your foot and the plantar fascia has been unable to cope. The Plantar Fascia has not tolerated the increase in load applied to it. Changes in foot ware, an increase in the intensity of your exercise or a change of environment ( ie treadmill to outdoors) are all factors which may contribute to Plantar Fasciitis.
What can be done?
If your looking for a quick fix, Im sorry to say there is none. That being said, there is A LOT we can do. As you saw int he video above various taping techniques, manual therapy and the correct exercises prescription have all shown to have great results in the treatment of Plantar Fasciitis. Plantar Fasciitis and heel pain that have failed to respond to traditional treatment methods, we are finding are responding well to Shockwave Therapy.
What Treatment is available?
First of all we need to look at your load. An assessment of how much time you are spending on your feet. Therefore, it may be necessary to reduce your activities to reduce the time spent on your feet. We need to give the foot and the plantar fascia a chance to rest and recover. No one likes taking time off, but some short term suffering is far better than long term pain.
We will ensure we address a range of different aspects of your life. Your flexibility, strength and mobility all come into play. We consider your choice of footwear, your training surface and also the intensity of your training.
Shockwave Therapy and Plantar Fasciitis.
For re-igniting the healing process, radial shockwave therapy has been shown to have great results. As a result we are able to help those still suffering with pain, long after the initial onset. Shockwave Therapy in conjunction with a specific strengthening and mobility program may just be what has been lacking, and start you on the road to recovery.
HOW LONG WILL I BE SORE FOR:
First of all no two feet are the same, but if we intervene quickly, pain can be short lived. Therefore with the correct treatment and management plan we can have you back on track within 8-10 weeks. Others may suffer with this stubborn conditions for 12-18 months.
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I HAVE IT:
Consult your therapist ASAP. The quicker we can get you onto the right path, the sooner you can get back to doing the things you love to do. Unfortunately Plantar Fasciitis doesn’t tend to improve spontaneously.
At Equilibrium Sports and Spinal clinic we really thrive on helping Glen Iris locals who suffer with Plantar Fasciitis and heel pain. Our Osteopaths service Malvern, Glen Iris Ashburton, Hawthorn and Caulfield. Book online today, and let us help you turn your Plantar Fasciitis pain into a thing of the past.