Although there are many conditions that cause heel pain, Plantar Fasciitis is the most common condition treated by our professional team of podiatrists. In fact, it is estimated that approximately 10% of the population will suffer from heel pain due to plantar fasciitis.
Plantar Fasciitis is an overuse injury of the thick ligament underneath the foot that joins the heel to the forefoot, called the plantar fascia, resulting in a painful heel. The plantar fascia helps to support the upright position and arch of the foot. If it is constantly put under excessive stress it will start to break down and become what we call degenerative. It is important to note that the heel pain of plantar fasciitis is caused by degeneration and breakdown of the ligament rather than inflammation.
At Lefort Podiatry our expert team of podiatrists also treat children who suffer from heel pain. More commonly, this heel pain is not due to plantar fasciitis but to a growth plate disorder known as Calcaneal Apophysitis, more commonly Sever’s Disease.
If you do not treat Plantar Fasciitis, it may become a chronic condition. You may not be able to keep up your level of activity and you may also develop symptoms of foot, knee, hip and back problems as the heel pain from Plantar Fasciitis changes the way you walk.
Plantar Fasciitis may be caused by a number of reasons, called risk factors. Research has helped our expert podiatrists categorise these risk factors into those that definitely cause plantar fasciitis and those that may cause plantar fasciitis.
In determining the best treatment for plantar fasciitis our podiatrists will formulate a treatment plan based on your individual needs. We take into consideration what has caused your plantar fasciitis and address all of those factors to most effectively relieve heel pain.
At Lefort Podiatry, we frequently refer our patients for a bulk-billed ultrasound to establish the degree of injury to the plantar fascia and exclude other conditions mimicking heel pain from plantar fasciitis.
It is important to note that, as there are multiple contributing factors in developing plantar fasciitis, there is rarely one single treatment that will effectively reduce heel pain.
Our professional team of expert podiatrists will provide advice to you regarding how you can help relieve heel pain in addition to professional podiatry treatment options we use to treat plantar fasciitis.
Book an appointment with Lefort Podiatry at our Forest Hill or Doveton Clinics today.