The most common diagnosed heel pain is Plantar Fasciitis. This type of heel pain commonly causes you pain when you first get out of bed in the morning, and after periods of rest. If the condition is not treated, the pain will increase for longer periods during weight bearing and non bearing throughout the day.
Other commonly used names to describe Plantar Fasciitis:
These include Policeman’s heel, heel bursitis and heel spurs.
What causes Plantar Fasciitis?
Inflammation of the Plantar fasci (thick band of connective tissue)
- Overuse injury/Repetitive strain
- Increase in activity
- Flat feet/Excessive pronation (rolling of arch)
- Increase of weight
- Poor footwear or no footwear worn for extended periods of time
- Commonly seen in age between 50 and 60.
Plantar Fasciitis can come on with trauma or without trauma to the foot, and often comes on gradually.
How is Plantar Fasciitis treated?
Majority of cases will recover with conservative treatment from their Podiatrist within 3 months.
Most successful treatments used by Podiatrists:
- Orthotics (arch supports will provide support to the Plantar fascia and help realign the pronated foot and take strain off where the fascia attaches to the bone)
- Change of footwear
- Stretching exercises
- Ice cold packs application
- Anti-inflammatory medication
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