Heel pain or Plantar fasciitis is an overuse condition of the ligament running along the sole of the foot.
This ligament runs between the heel bone (calcaneus),and the ball of the foot, and is responsible for providing stability during gait, as well as assisting in maintaining the height of the arch.
It is often irritated in people with flat feet , but can also be problematic in people with high arched feet. Tight calf muscles also predispose a person to this condition. It is often aggravated by activities such as running, brisk walking or jumping as well as inappropriate footwear such as thongs.
The most common symptom is ‘first step pain’. Patients often report feeling pain either along the sole of the foot, or at the heel itself when they first get out of bed in the morning. This is because the plantar fascia has relaxed over night, and is then maximally stretched when the foot is placed on the ground. The symptoms generally improve with more activity.
Without early treatment, this condition can become chronic and take a very long time to heal. It also may result in a bone spur developing on the heel bone. We therefore advise making an appointment for an assessment ASAP. Your Podiatrist will conduct a biomechanical evaluation to ascertain the cause of the pain.
At Glen Iris Podiatry, your assessment will take into consideration the overall set up of your body. Often, your feet are your last time of defence and are taking the brunt for another body part that is not doing it’s job effectively. Muscle imbalances and dysfunctional muscular relationships often play an enormous part in the development of plantar fasciitis and heel pain. We use Neurokinetic Therapy (NKT) and Anatomy in Motion (AiM) as part of our assessment to determine why you are in pain before we look for a solution to the pain. It is only by following this process that we achieve long-term and long-lasting results.