Heel pain due to plantar fasciitis is one of the most commonly treated conditions in podiatric medicine. Plantar fascia is a ligament attached to the heel bone and fans forward inserting into the ball of the foot. The main function of the plantar fascia is to support the arch of the foot when walking. The problem usually occurs when there is abnormal motion or stress resulting in the breakage of the fibres. This will result in pain and swelling.
With the pulling of the plantar fascia on the heel bone, development of the heel spur is common. The spur doesn’t cause pain, but overstretching, swelling and the degeneration of collagen fibres at the insertion point (heel bone) can.
Anyone can suffer from plantar fasciitis, but the most common causes are related to faulty foot biomechanics (flat or high arched feet), inflexibility in the calf muscle, poor footwear, arthritis, diabetes, irritation or repetitive micro trauma to the heel tissue, etc. Symptoms usually resolve much quicker if treatment occuras soon as possible preventing further damage to the tissue.
Signs and Symptoms
One of the most common symptoms is a presence of sharp pain in the morning with first steps, more discomfort when walking or running. Pain could be in the heel or radiating into the arch with some swelling and tenderness while weight bearing. In some cases a rupture of plantar fascia is observed and that requires an immediate medical attention and the recovery protocol is different.
In order to correctly treat plantar fasciitis or heel spur, proper physical assessment is required. This will allow us to develop a rehab protocol that will fit your individual needs and requirements allowing for the quickest recovery. All our treatments involve a three phase rehabilitation protocol focusing on protection, healing and gradual strengthening of the tissue. A maintenance program will also be discussed which will include guidance on injury prevention techniques. We are proud to say that our proprietary protocols are over 90% effective in treating heel pain due to plantar fasciitis or heel spur.
This condition should be treated in a proper manner before other complications arise resulting in more tissue damage. If you are having issues with the heel or foot pain, you are not recovering in a timely manner or would like second opinion please contact us for an evaluation.