Canberra Podiatry

Plantar fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is a disorder that results in pain in the heel and bottom of the foot. The pain is usually most severe with the first steps of the day or following a period of rest.  Pain is also frequently brought on by bending the foot and toes up towards the shin and may be worsened by a tight Achilles tendon. The condition typically comes on slowly in about a third of people both legs are affected.

Risk Factors.

People who stand for long periods in their work, people who are overweight or obese and people with inward rolling feet seem to be the ones affected most by this disorder

Plantar fasciitis is a common condition we see here at Canberra Podiatry. It is an injury to the fascia that is connected from your heel bone to the base of the five toes (metatarsals), the good news? We’ve helped thousands of patients since 1997 with this complaint and we have achieved a very good track record in treating it.

Treatment.

Generally, conservative methods work and include rest, mild pain medications and stretching, ice is also a big reliever of PF pain. Should this 1st treatment not work we then move on to physio, orthotics, splinting and in some cases steroid injections. If your case of Plantar fasciitis does not respond to these treatments our trained podiatrists might suggest shockwave therapy and as a last resort, surgery, although this is very rare.

Diagnosis.

 Tenderness to palpation along the inner aspect of the heel bone on the sole of the foot may be elicited during the physical examination The foot may have limited dorsiflexion due to the tightness of the calf muscles or the Achilles tendon. Dorsiflexion of the foot may elicit the pain due to stretching of the plantar fascia with this motion.

The team at Canberra Podiatry are also a key part of your treatment and injury rehabilitation should you experience a foot injury. We have several podiatrists with special interests and skills in sports injuries and performance who can provide expert assistance.

So call Canberra Podiatry today on 6281 1200 for an appointment, we’ve been looking after Canberra’s foot health since 1997.