Plantar fasciitis treatment, Geelong

The most common problem in the heel is plantar fasciitis. Treatment and diagnosis is important as there are many other conditions confused with this complaint. Patients can waste time and money treating something they don’t have. Our Geelong podiatrists assess heel pain, identifying if you have plantar fasciitis symptoms and advising on treatment.

What is plantar fasciitis?

The plantar fascia muscle is attached to the heel. Where the muscle is attached there is enormous tension. This tension causes the pain as the muscle is pulling on the bone, but rarely tears off.

Plantar fasciitis symptoms

Plantar fasciitis is often more painful after getting up out of bed or rest. Pain is intense but may calm down with walking.

What causes plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis can occur for no particular reason. Awkward use of the foot, like working on ladders or increased activity may trigger it. Poor foot biomechanics seen in those with flat feet or pronation is often a major cause. Heel spurs may be seen on X-ray.

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Plantar fasciitis treatment

Initially, ice can be used periodically to reduce pain. In addition, our podiatrist will advise on the correct strapping techniques used to reduce strain on the muscle, as well as special exercises and stretches for muscle groups.

Heel lifts, insoles and custom orthotics may be used to reduce pressure and allow the area to heal. This problem usually takes a few months to resolve as continuing use of the foot is hard to stop.

For a faster solution, Podiatry on Pako is pleased to offer industry-leading radial shockwave therapy for plantar fasciitis. This plantar fasciitis treatment uses high-energy acoustic waves to induce an immediate analgesic effect and stimulate circulation for improved repair time.

If conservative treatment is not fully beneficial, cortisone or blood injections can be used in conjunction with an ultrasound. Surgery is rarely necessary but has been done.

Contact our Geelong podiatrist to find out more about the correct diagnosis and treatment of plantar fasciitis.