Plantar Fasciitis near Vermont South
Do you have heel pain? Is the pain worse in the morning? You may have plantar fasciitis.
Don't let heel pain stop you doing the activities you love!
We provide effective, long-lasting solutions for your heel pain no matter what the cause.
Our focus is to:
- Understand exactly what is causing your pain
- Reduce your pain
- Get you moving again
- Provide a long term solution
Our goal is to stop heel pain impacting your life and get you moving again without pain - fast!
What is Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis is a very common condition seen by podiatrists. It is estimated that over 1 in 10 people will suffer from plantar fasciitis in their lifetime and is very susceptible to reoccur. It is caused by many factors such as age, overuse, poor flexibility, being overweight and athletic activity.
Your plantar fascia is an important structure that attaches at the heel bone and runs along the arch to insert under the toes. You can feel it when you flex your toes and run your hand along the arch of your foot. It is a very important structure that maintains the integrity of the arch and provides shock absorption when you walk.
Plantar fasciitis typically presents as pain in and around the heel that tends to be worse in the morning and after rest. Plantar fasciitis is often very resistant to treatment, therefore a structured, comprehensive treatment plan is paramount in resolving this issue.
What causes Plantar Fasciitis?
The cause of plantar heel pain is strongly linked to foot function and structure. If a foot is excessively everted (heel rolls in) and pronated (arch flattens) then the plantar fascia is placed under increased stress due to tensile force. However, there is new evidence suggesting that direct compression force and heel spurs that can also lead to tissue damage at the plantar fascia.
Often cortisone is prescribed as an early treatment, but the latest evidence suggests it is not an effective treatment option in the early stages.
Treatment for Plantar Fasciitis
At Melbourne Podiatry Clinic we deal with many cases of plantar fasciitis on a daily basis and we have a proven track record in providing long-term relief.
Our treatment involves two important steps:
Encourage Tissue Repair:
- Shockwave therapy - is a proven treatment option and helps fast-track the natural repair process (see video below)
- Soft tissue modalities
- Dry needling
- Removing the stress - it is key to reduce the stress from the plantar fascia to allow it to heal. We use a combination of targeted offloading techniques including:
- Shoe modifications
- Shoe inserts (orthotics) - if more aggressive offloading is required.
With our treatment plan, you can expect the pain to start to settle in 1 to 2 weeks. Once the symptoms have resolved we will put in place steps to prevent this issue from ever returning.
If you are having heel pain that isn't resolving, come and see us for a comprehensive assessment and we can start getting you back to the activities you love!
New Patient Offer
Melbourne Podiatry Clinic offer a Gap Free Assessment to new patients. This assessment includes a comprehensive history, lower limb assessment, video gait analysis, explanation of our findings and a detailed treatment plan. By the end of your free consultation, you will have a clear understanding of what your foot issue is and how it can be treated.
Terms & Conditions
- No Gap refers to no out of pocket expense for the first consult for those with extras private health insurance.
- For those without private health insurance, a fee of $49 applies to the initial consult.
- You must mention the offer when booking your appointment.
- This offer is a detailed assessment only, does not include treatment including skin/nails.