Heel Pain

We're active people and we understand how heel pain can get you down. 

Heel pain interferes with your day-to-day life, such as getting out with your friends and family and interferes with your exercise program. 

In fact, heel pain and arch pain are the leading reasons that people come and see us. 

Heel pain or arch pain usually means that the long band of tissue under your foot – called the plantar fascia – is inflamed. 

This band runs from your heel right through to your fore foot.

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Risk Factors

There are a few stand out risk factors that bring on plantar fasciitis.

They're all ways that increase the pressure on this band of tissue, including: 

  • standing for long periods of time
  • high-impact exercise on a hard surface
  • wearing shoes which don't have enough cushioning and arch support
  • overstretching the sole of your foot
  • being pregnant—with its associated weight gain and relaxed ligaments, and
  • being overweight—which means more weight and pressure on your feet.

 

Symptoms

The primary symptom of plantar fasciitis is pain, which can affect any area underneath the heel but is most common in the front part of your heel. It's usually just one foot that's affected.

You'll typically first notice plantar fasciitis pain under your heel or in your foot arch first thing in the morning or after sitting for a while.

Your heel pain will be worse for your first steps and improves with activity as it warms up.

You may also have increasing pain in the arch of your foot towards the end of the day and tired feet at the end of the day.

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Seek treatment early

Plantar fasciitis gets worse, so it's important that you call us early.

As it deteriorates, you feel pain more often. It’s like a typical overuse injury, including feeling heel pain before, during and after exercise.

If you delay seeking treatment, you may end up with calcium forming within the plantar fascia where it attaches to the heel bone. This is known as a "heel spur" and this can also be extremely painful.

 

Diagnosis and treatment

We have more than a decade of experience in treating this condition.

We have developed an effective treatment program to quickly reduce your symptoms and get you back to your normal activities. It's based on the latest research and we attend regular training in the latest techniques.

Your podiatrist will look into your symptoms and history and perform a clinical examination.

Once we've confirmed that yes, you do have plantar fasciitis, we'll develop a treatment plan with you.

We will use a mix of gentle massage, stretches, balance exercises and foot ‘mobilisation’—which means releasing stuck or restricted joints in your feet and legs.

We may tape your feet to provide much-needed support.

We may decide that you will recover best if we fit you for a pair of custom-made orthotics.

And, depending on your condition, we will set you a tailored set of balance, stretch and strength exercises, to speed your recovery.

We can also advise you on the best shoes to wear and recommend that you start using anti-inflammatories, whether as a medication or a topical cream.

 

Knee pain

At Capital Podiatry, we specialise in treating more complex conditions such as knee injuries. We use a mix of joint mobilisation and muscular and soft tissue release techniques to get you back on your feet again.

Knee pain can be caused by an injury, degeneration of the surrounding tissues, arthritis, muscle tightness or poor body posture and mechanics.

We also look at how you stand and walk to determine whether your body mechanics are contributing to your pain. We will give you a detailed, personalised treatment plan to ease your pain.

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