Are you one of the 48 per cent of Australian’s that wake up with heel pain once a week? If heel pain is impacting how you move, how you feel and how you live then it’s time to get help from a podiatrist.
Plantar heel pain (often caused by plantar fasciitis) is a common condition causing severe pain under the heel bone. Pain in the heel or in the arch often indicates inflammation of the long band of tissue under the foot (the plantar fascia).
As with most conditions, early diagnosis and treatment can prevent the injury progressing from an acute to the chronic stage at which point pain relief, walking, and normal everyday activities become much more difficult.
At Balance Podiatry, our podiatrists use a best practice approach to treat your condition including shockwave therapy, custom foot orthotics, specific exercise prescriptions and footwear recommendations to treat plantar fasciitis and heel spurs.
Our top tips for healthy heels:
1. Seek a diagnosis from a podiatrist
You trust your dentist with your teeth and you can trust our team of highly-qualified podiatrists to care for your feet. Our podiatrists always provide that extra level of care and attention when delivering the best in foot care solutions for heel, arch, and foot pain caused by plantar fasciitis. See your local podiatrist for an early diagnosis, and to get treatment underway.
2.Take steps to minimise pain and rest
As a short-term treatment option, tapping and strapping can provide initial relief with severe heel pain. Your podiatrist can assist with strapping techniques for the best outcome.
Stretching and strengthening exercises can be helpful in heel pain treatment and rehabilitation but, only if performed correctly and at the right time. Stretching and strengthening exercises can assist in decreasing the chance of injury when heel pain is most intense if performed correctly. Your podiatrist can prescribe a specific stretching and strengthening program to suit you. Most importantly, rest your feet if you are suffering from heel pain.
If you need additional short-term relief, ask your podiatrist about our shockwave treatment.
3. Choose the right footwear for your feet
The right footwear should provide the right balance between support and cushioning. Your podiatrist will provide footwear recommendations to suit your condition, level of activity and foot type.
4. Wear custom foot orthotics if prescribed by your podiatrist
A biomechanical assessment performed by your podiatrist will determine whether you need orthotics. Correct fitting footwear and custom-made orthotics will offload the damaging forces on the heel and help to prevent heel pain. Orthotics will also help to support your feet and legs when weight bearing. This improves function, weight distribution and posture to prevent the development of heel pain.
5. Commit to an annual check-up
Our podiatrists will work with you to tailor a solution that is individualised to your needs and condition. Commit to an annual check-up with your podiatrist or as recommended to keep your foot health a priority and prevent plantar fasciitis.