Heel pain, or plantar fasciitis, is an inflammation of the band of tissue (the plantar fascia) that extends from the heel to the toes.
In this condition, the fascia first becomes irritated and then inflamed, resulting in heel pain. There are many different things which can contribute to this with the most common contributing factors including:
feet which roll in or arches collapse (pronation)
impact in repetitive activity
wearing the wrong shoes for your needs
Who should I see?
A podiatrist is someone who specialises in foot injury and mechanics. When you see a podiatrist for heel pain they will;
In the acute phase, treatment can include foot strapping and padding, muscle release, reduction of any inflammation, stretches and exercises as well as footwear advice.
Assess the foot posture/function and footwear to address any causing factors
Longer term treatment may involve shock absorbing insoles, change in footwear, or a range of orthotic (arch support) options, including custom made devices.
Potentially recommend thongs with built-in orthotics
A physiotherapist will offer;
Hands on therapy to release the plantar fascia and calf tightness
Dry needling and trigger point therapy
Bio-mechanical assessment to reduce contributing factors
Exercise program to get you back to exercise with a reduced chance of re-injury
A myotherapist / remedial massage therapist will be able to;
offer soft tissue release (massage including deep tissue treatment to reduce muscle tightness)
perform dry needling
advise of injury prevention and rehabilitation
What we can do...
At In Stride Health Clinic we specialise in injury management, rehabilitation and prevention. Our multidisciplinary team work together under the one roof to cover all areas of your treatment. By keeping you active during your rehabilitation and having a strong emphasis on helping you fully understand your condition, we aim to prevent further injury.
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