PLANTAR FASCIITIS (Heel Pain )
When walking, your heels repeatedly hit the ground with considerable force. They have to be able to absorb the impact and provide a firm support for the weight of the body. When pain develops in the heel, it can be very disabling, making every step a problem. This can affect your posture.
There are various types of heel pain. Some of the most common are: plantar fasciitis, heel bursitis and heel bumps.
SYMPTOMS OF PLANTAR FASCIITIS
The pain is usually worse on standing, particularly first thing in the morning when you get up. It is relatively common, usually occurring in the over forty age group. There are no visible features on the heel but a deep localised painful spot can be found in, or around, the middle of the sole of the heel.
TREATMENT FOR PLANTAR FASCIITIS (Heel Pain) AT BRAINTREE PODIATRY
Treatment is aimed at minimising and reducing the pain in the first few weeks.
Ideally treatment should be individually designed, including footwear advice, orthotics (insoles), stretching and strengthening exercises with deep tissue ice massage. Sometimes night splints and injection therapy may be considered .
Extra corporal shockwave treatment (ECSWT) is also offered and is the most up to date and effective treatment for heel pain.
Plantar Fasciitis Information Pack