So you’ve woken up with heel pain or Plantar Fasciitis. This highly frustrating and painful condition seems to strike at random. And effects us all. Not just the athletes pounding the pavement day in day out. This pain at the bottom of your foot is due to the ligament that runs along the sole of your foot becomes irritated and painful.
How do I get Plantar Fasciitis?
Long story short – you have increased your load without an increase in your strength. Somewhere along the line, your foot has not been able to handle the increase in stress and load put through it. This could be a result of an increase in your exercise program, a change of footwear or a return to your normal program after a period of rest.
What can I do to help my Plantar Fasciitis?
Initially, we need to offload your foot as much as possible. We can do this via a number of different ways. Various taping techniques, ensuring you are in supporting shoes and avoiding shoes which aggravate. As well as addressing your exercise routine. Keep in mind this is only for a short period of time. This is effectively resting your foot and Plantar Fasciitis. What we do know is that complete rest and avoiding exercise is NOT the long term solution.
How do I treat Plantar Fasciitis?
A solid strengthening program. This is a specific program to load the plantar fascia as well as build strength in the supportive muscles of the lower leg and foot. If we do this effectively we can make your foot stronger than it was before, and reduce the likelihood of it becoming a chronic and long term problem.
In this video we focus on 4 areas:
- Ankle Mobility
- Calf Strength,
- Foot Strength
- A specific loading program for the Plantar Fascia – using the Windlass Mechanism – Shock absorption.
Can Shockwave Therapy Help?
YES. there are a number of clinical studies that have shown great results when Shockwave Therapy is combined with a strength and conditioning program for patients suffering from plantar Fasciitis.
Do I need a scan?
In short NO. We can effectively diagnose and treat your Plantar Fasciitis without the need for a scan. Scans for plantar Fasciitis generally do not change our treatment and management of your foot pain?
What Should I do now?
Don’t delay seeking help. If your waking and those first few steps in the morning are causing you pain! If you have stopped exercise because the sole of your foot is just too sore! Get in touch with us. We have helped so many people just like you. Take control of your foot pain. Ignore those suggesting Cortisone – there is no evidence to suggest it helps in the long term. And let us help you get back to doing the things you love, without plantar fasciitis foot pain.
At Equilibrium Sports and Spinal clinic, we thrive on helping Glen Iris, Malvern and Ashburton locals who need a little help with their Plantar Fasciitis. Our Osteopaths service Malvern, Glen Iris, Ashburton, Toorak, South Yarra, Hawthorn, and Caulfield.
Let us help guide you to better health and wellbeing, ensuring you have strong and stable feet without pain!
Feel free to email us at i[email protected] .We are also more than happy to chat via our blue Drift Chat box in the bottom right-hand corner.