Plantar Fasciitis Brisbane – resolve heel pain quickly

Plantar Fasciitis Brisbane

Written by Roger Morelli, Myotherapist

Heel pain can be like walking on broken glass. Chronic plantar fasciitis needs expert treatment.  Get results quickly – Knead Myotherapy.

Looking for a plantar fasciitis remedy in Brisbane?  WE can help.  This article is a guide to overcoming the frustration and pain of plantar fasciitis Brisbane – quickly.  We’ll discuss the causes of plantar fasciitis, what the symptoms are, what you should do to relieve plantar fasciitis pain, what you shouldn’t do to treat plantar fasciitis pain. (4 minute reading time)

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What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar Fasciitis (also known as Plantar Fasciopathy) is an overuse injury caused by continual overuse of the Plantar Fascia – a tendinous attachment beneath the foot.  It is the most common cause of heel pain and affects approximately 10% of the general population.

What causes Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar Fascia pain is caused by micro tearing of the tendon at the heel – this is known as a tendinopathy.

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

People at risk of Plantar Fasciitis tend to be on their feet a lot:

  • school teachers
  • runners (third most common running injury)
  • nurses
  • hospitality workers
  • high body mass (50% risk increase)

Age related hormonal change can also weaken the collagen structure of the tendon – leading to increased risk of plantar fasciitis.

Inappropriate footwear (in Brisbane, lots of people Google Plantar Fasciitis Sandals) and muscle tightness are the primary plantar fasciitis cause and will lead to increasing symptoms.

What are the symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Pain with the first few steps after rest (typically the morning)
  • Pain with increased physical exercise
  • Pain with prolonged standing

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 condition has been associated with the development of heel spurs, a bony growth in the heel which is extremely painful to weight bear on.

Treating Plantar Fasciitis – what should I do?

  • Expert calf massage and stretches will significantly reduce severity of symptoms
  • Exercises for Plantar Fasciitis rapidly decrease pain severity and improve the collagen durability of the tendon.
  • Load modification in runners – cross training in other ways (cycle, swimming, rowing machine) while strengthening the tendon (exercises for plantar fasciitis).
  • Over the counter heal inserts have been shown to de-load the plantar fascia
  • In extreme plantar fasciopathy shockwave therapy (high frequency ultrasound) has been shown to reduce symptom severity (The treatment itself is very painful).

In severe cases of Plantar Fasciitis – particularly where excess weight is a contributing factor – Plantar Fasciitis Orthotics are required to deload the irritable tendon.  It is essential that you consult with an expert Podiatrist and Myotherapist before considering invasive plantar fasciitis surgery.

What shouldn’t I do for Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Don’t get cortisone injections. Cortisone may provide temporary relief once or twice – but it has been proven to weaken the collagen of the tendon far more – creating a much more severe problem.
  • Don’t ignore the symptoms – it will take 12-24 months for the condition to calm down without intervention – in high body mass individuals plantar fasciitis may never ease without clinical management.
  • Don’t stop exercising – learn which exercises take pain away – becoming sedentary increases the duration and severity of symptoms.

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

https://www.running-physio.com/pf-shoe-selection/

https://www.running-physio.com/exs4pf/

https://www.running-physio.com/cphp1/

https://www.running-physio.com/cphp2/

https://www.running-physio.com/tag/plantar-fasciitis/

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/

https://www.footandankleinstitute.com/storage/app/media/the-correlation-between-plantar-fascia-thickness-and-symptoms-of-plantar-fasciitis.pdf

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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