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Plantarfasciitis and Heel Pain

Heel Pain
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This is a common condition where the patient experiences pain in the centre of the heel especially on rising after rest.

 

In extreme cases the pain radiates into the arch of the foot and it can be quite debilitating.

 
This is caused by inflammation of the plantar fascia (a thick fibrous band of tissue) that joins from the centre of the heel bone to the joints of the toes.

 

It is often associated with flat footed people wearing flat non supportive footwear such as flip flops and is more common in middle aged and overweight people.

 

Many other conditions can cause heel pain so it is important to visit your Podiatrist to determine whether the problem is plantarfasciitis and not another conidition.

 

Plantarfasciitis is normally treated with a combination of therapies which include specific exercises to stretch the plantarfascia and associated musculature, special insoles (orthotics) to remove tension from the plantarfascia, footwear advice – sometimes specialist footwear is indicated, lifestyle advice, ultrasound and occasional night braces.  

 

Usually Plantarfasciitis symptoms ease after 3 weeks of treatment in an exercise compliant patient.

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