Heel Pain (Plantar Fasciitis)

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar Fasciitis is the most common foot complaint we see in our clinics. Plantar fasciitis or ‘heel spur syndrome’ is a condition causing severe pain under the heel bone. Generally, the pain is worse the first few steps in the morning, after sitting and towards the end of the day. The pain is caused by micro tears to the plantar fascia (the long tight tendon/cord under the arch) at the attachment point under the heel bone. Left untreated, the pain will persist for a long time.

What does the pain feel like?

People with plantar fasciitis generally describe the pain as a stone bruise type pain, or as if they are walking on a stone or a bony heel spur.

Who gets Plantar Fasciitis?

We see Plantar Fasciitis in people of all ages and demographics but usually from the late twenties through to old age. Younger athletes or runners are also at risk of plantar fasciitis.

How do we treat Plantar Fasciitis?Balance Podiatry_Heel Pain

Following a detailed physical assessment our podiatrists will perform a video gait (walking) assessment on the treadmill. Most patients with plantar fasciitis have a pronated (rolled in) foot type. This foot type collapses the arch each step they take and in turn stretches and pulls the plantar fascia from its attachment point under the heel bone.

Orthotics are the gold standard treatment for this problem as they work very well at reducing pronation and arch collapse and in turn reducing the pull of the fascia off the heel bone. Orthotics are more than 80% effective in eliminating the pain caused from plantar fasciitis.

If you experience heel pain, book an appointment with your local Balance Podiatry team today.