plantar fasciitis / heel spurs
Do you have a heel spur that causes you agony?
You've probably been told that your heel pain is caused by a heel spur. It has been shown that the pain is actually not caused by the heel spur but rather the Plantar Fascia that attaches to the end of the heel spur. Approximately 50% of people who have a heel spur on X-ray do not experience any pain or symptoms.
How long will my heel pain last?
Plantar Fasciitis is often chronic and can last up to 18 months if not treated properly. Like all injuries, early intervention and proper management is the key to fast pain relief and long term recovery. With treatment, Plantar Fasciitis/heel pain will require 3-6 months to recover. Just because your pain has settled, does not mean you have fully recovered.
Have you been suffering heel pain for months and it's still not improving?
Chances are, your heel pain started weeks/months ago as a mild tightness or discomfort. It's only when you struggle to walk that you decide to consult your Doctor and are referred for X-rays and Ultrasound to confirm the diagnosis of Plantar Fasciitis/heel pain. Your Doctor recommends a cortisone injection at the time of your Ultrasound scan. Cortisone injections may provide some relief for your pain/symptoms however it does not address the underlying issues.
This scenario is very common and unfortunately no "actual" treatment has commenced. That is why the condition has not improved.
What treatments can help my heel pain?
To properly recover from your heel pain, we need to address the underlying issues that perpetuate the pain and dysfunction as listed above. Aside from the changes locally, compensatory changes above and below the foot/ankle may need to be assessed and treated as this will affect the kinetic change of your lower limb. There are many lifestyle factors (e.g. excessive running/jumping) that you need to modify during the recovery process. Even with good manual therapy/hands-on treatment, your recovery will be hindered if you keep overloading the foot/ankle with certain activities.
Another great treatment option is Shockwave Therapy. Learn More Here
What is Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar Fasciitis is a painful inflammatory condition that causes pain in the Plantar Fascia (fibrous connective tissue) that runs along the bottom of your foot and inserts into your heel. Long standing stress through this area can cause calcium deposits to form under your heel which develops into a heel spur. The process usually occurs over a period of months and is contributed by:
poor foot biomechanics
weak intrinsic muscles of the foot
inappropriate footwear e.g. high heels
calf muscle dysfunction
poor hip control