Plantar Fasciitis Brisbane, get help with your heel pain

Plantar Fasciitis Brisbane

Written by Roger Morelli, Myotherapist

Are you suffering from Heel Pain?

Looking for a plantar fasciitis remedy in Brisbane? WE can help.

Plantar Fasciitis (also known as Plantar Fasciopathy) is an overuse injury caused by continual overstretching of the Plantar Fascia – a tendonous attachment beneath the foot.

Plantar Fascia pain is caused by micro tearing of the tendon at the heel  – this is known as a tendinopathy. This deterioration in the tendon is the reason why people often “woke up with foot pain” or have “heel pain”.

People at risk of Plantar Fasciitis tend to be on their feet a lot – school teachers, runners, nurses, hospitality workers and those with a few extra kilos. 

Plantar Fasciitis is usually noticeable on the first few steps after rest or being seated.  The pain is frequently described as “like walking on broken glass” – especially in the morning.

Treating Plantar Fasciitis – what can I do to make it better?

Inappropriate footwear (in Brisbane, lots of people Google Plantar Fasciitis Sandals) and muscle tightness is the primary plantar fasciitis cause and will lead to worsening symptoms. An excellent plantar fasciitis remedy is corrective exercises. 

Exercises for Plantar Fasciitis – also known as corrective exercises  are the best way to calm most early and intermediate Plantar Fasciopathies.

Calming down an early to moderate Plantar Fasciitis is a role your Myotherapist is perfectly suited to.  They will use a combination of Remedial massageCold Laser Therapy and Dry Needling  for muscular relief and plantar fasciitis exercises to strengthen the region.  This is a cheap, non-invasive and time efficient plantar fasciitis remedy.

Dry needling and electro-tens therapy can provide short term relief of plantar fascia pain – allowing people to perform their Plantar Fasciitis exercises with confidence.

In severe cases, your Myotherapist will refer you to our clinical colleagues at My Foot Dr – Mary Street, Brisbane  –  who can perform a full assessment of the foot and leg, leading to optimal choices of footwear and orthotics.  In severe cases of Plantar Fasciitis – particularly where excess weight is a contributing factor – Plantar Fasciitis Orthotics are required.  It is essential that you consult with an expert Podiatrist and Myotherapist before considering invasive plantar fasciitis surgery.

Severe cases of Plantar Fasciitis may also warrant the use of Shockwave therapy – a high frequency form of ultrasound.  Shockwave is good at reducing Plantar Fasciitis pain for a number of months, but the treatment itself is painful.  MyFootDr are experts with

Shockwave technology for the lower limb.  Shockwave therapy and plantar fasciitis shoe inserts – are excellent tools in the extreme plantar fasciitis remedies.

anatomical image of the foot showing the area most commonly affected by plantar fasciitis

How long will it take Plantar Fasciitis to get better?

Recent onset Plantar Fasciitis will typically respond to 3 or 4 myotherapy treatments provided the individual is performing their Plantar Fasciitis Exercises and calf stretches.  Stretching the calves is far more effective for long term improvement than out of date plantar fasciitis stretching exercises.  Massage and stretching the plantar fascia itself – may provide momentary relief, but only makes the problem worse.

More established Plantar Fasciitis – where weight is a contributing factor , may take approximately 8 weekly treatments if the individual is performing their exercises.  Plantar fasciitis shoe inserts will quickly take the heel pain from severe to manageable.

Dry Needling (Myotherapy treatments) and plantar fasciitis orthotics (Podiatry) will shorten the length of time required to restore pain free function.

What happens if don’t do anything about it?

Long term Plantar Fasciitis can “bleed” a deposit of calcium on the heel.  This deposit of calcium leads to the formation of a bony prominence known as a heel spur.  Heel spurs are incredibly painful to weight bear on, as they are bone growths in locations they shouldn’t be.  For this reason – rapid Myotherapy treatment and diagnosis are preferable.  Heel spurs will always require Plantar Fasciitis Shoe Inserts and Podiatry to provide a complete plantar fasciitis remedy.

FAQ’s

What are plantar fasciitis symptoms?

Plantar Fasciitis is usually noticeable on the first few steps after rest or being seated.  The pain is frequently described as “like walking on broken glass” – especially in the morning. The pain is usually very localised to one or two spots. The most common pain site is under the heel or near the heel.

What's plantar fasciitis?

Plantar Fasciitis is an overuse injury of the foot and heel caused by continual overstretching of the Plantar Fascia – a tendonous attachment beneath the foot.
Plantar Fascia pain is caused by micro tearing of the tendon at the heel – this is known as a tendinopathy.

What causes plantar fasciitis?

Plantar Fascia pain is caused by micro tearing of the tendon at the heel – this is known as a tendinopathy. The plantar fascia tendon can become irritable from overuse or performing something new. If you work on your feet, your footwear is almost certainly part of the cause. The professions most likely to get plantar fasciitis are nurses, teachers and sales people. In sportspeople running is usually a factor – jogging, touch football and hiking.

Having a few extra kilos will make plantar fasciitis significantly worse.

What does plantar fasciitis feel like?

People describe plantar fasciitis pain as a sharp, burning pain in the heel or where the arch meets the heel. The pain is frequently described as “like walking on broken glass” – especially in the morning. The pain is usually very localised to one or two spots. The most common pain site is under the heel or near the heel.

What helps plantar fasciitis?

Our expert Myotherapists will show you the best exercises to take pain away and strengthen the tissue that is compromised. A Myotherapist will reduce the muscle tension that is leading to the tendon irritation with manual therapy and Cold Laser. Learning which footwear is best for your feet is imperative. Orthotics may be necessary to eradicate symptoms totally.

What’s a plantar fasciitis treatment?

This depends on the severity. Early onset plantar fasciitis can be easily resolved with exercise, education about what is triggering your pain (usually poor footwear) and manual therapy. Longer standing plantar fasciitis will usually require a combination of Podiatry and Myotherapy. Orthotics are usually very effective for reducing severe long-standing symptoms.

What causes plantar fasciitis pain?

Plantar Fascia pain is caused by micro tearing of the tendon at the heel – this is known as a tendinopathy. The plantar fascia tendon can become irritable from overuse or performing something new. If you work on your feet, your footwear is almost certainly part of the cause. The professions most likely to get plantar fasciitis are nurses, teachers and sales people. In sportspeople running is usually a factor – jogging, touch football and hikeing. Being overweight will make symptoms worse.

What aggravates plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is most aggravated by footwear that is not right for your foot and standing, walking or running. Plantar fasciopathy is unlikely to improve without intervention, because when the tendon is irritated, walking or standing irritate it. Tight calves will often play a part.

What cures plantar fasciitis?

The best cure for plantar fasciitis is specific exercises that reduce pain and improve the plantar fascias capacity to absorb force. Footwear is probably the most important factor. Stretching the calves regularly and keeping them strong. Consult with a Myotherapist for a rapid solution.

Links

www.myfootdr.com.au/conditions-treated/heel-pain/

https://www.myfootdr.com.au/conditions-treated/the-truth-about-heel-pain/

https://www.myfootdr.com.au/2018/07/5-tips-to-treat-heel-pain/

https://www.myfootdr.com.au/2017/06/is-foot-pain-stopping-you-from-running/

https://www.physio-pedia.com/Plantarfasciitis

http://www.latrobe.edu.au/research/research-impacts/researchers/videos/plantar-heel-pain-or-pain-underneath-the-heel

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/1XFbg9kF6dsqGk62g3YgrmG/are-my-shoes-damaging-my-body

References

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25145882

http://blogs.bmj.com/bjsm/2014/09/15/plantar-fasciitis-important-new-research-by-michael-rathleff/

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/264936255_High-load_strength_training_improves_outcome_in_patients_with_plantar_fasciitis_A_randomized_controlled_trial_with_12-month_follow-up_HL_strength_training_and_plantar_fasciitis

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3951039/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3309235/

Roger Morelli
Roger Morelli is a Myotherapist at Knead Massage in Brisbane CBD. He loves helping clients improve their quality of life with effective Myotherapy and corrective exercise treatments. He has a special interest in lower limb issues after experiencing a life changing car accident 20 years ago.
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