Heel pain – What care the causes of plantar fasciitis in adults?
The plantar fascia is a band of tissue, similar to a tendon, which runs from the front of the heel bone (calcaneus) to the ball of the foot (metatarsals). This dense strip of tissue helps to support the arch of the foot and acts as a rubber band to absorb shock as you walk.
Plantar fasciitis is a common condition caused by repeated overuse or acute trauma at the plantar fascia. Inflammation, reduced blood supply, thickening of the plantar fascia and small tears can all contribute to the symptoms.
Commonly associated symptoms may include;
- Pain when getting out of being in the morning or after sitting
- Recurrence of pain throughout the day
- Heel pain after long periods of standing
- Paithat increase over a period of a month
Early treatment of plantar fasciitis is essential to develop an affective treatment program. At Sydney Foot Clinic the treatment options offered include;
- Rest and Ice – 20 min every two to three hours advised in the first 48-72 hours of the injury taking place
- Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication (NSAIDs) – help reduce the pain and inflammation
- Exercise program – exercises, stretching and rehabilitation may be prescribed to help improve range of motion and stabilise the foot and ankle.
- Custom made orthotic therapy – orthotics may be prescribed to address any biomechanical factors to reduce the stress on the plantar fascia.
- Dry Needling.
- Injection therapy – Injections of a local anaesthetic (Prolotherapy) provide pain relief, and an injected corticosteroid may be useful in treating the inflammation.
- In severe cases, referral for surgical treatment may be require
Call our Moorebank office on (02) 96016886 to arrange an appointment to help you with your heel pain.
Sydney Foot Clinic services all surrounding areas including Moorebank, Liverpool, Hammondville, Milperra, Georges fair, Holsworthy, Revesby and Wattle Grove.