Common causes of heel and foot pain including plantar fasciitis

Foot Pain | Heal Pain | Plantar Fasciiitis | Melbourne | Taylors Lakes Podiatry Clinic
Foot Pain | Heal Pain | Plantar Fasciiitis | Melbourne | Taylors Lakes Podiatry Clinic

When to see a podiatrist for foot pain

Heel and foot pain from plantar fasciitis is a common complaint. A person suffering from plantar fasciitis will typically feel pain under the heel or in the arch.

Occasionally, they may notice pain on the side of the heel. Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain. This condition is normally caused by biomechanical abnormalities such as flat feet or collapsed arches, working or doing physical activity on hard surfaces or training errors. The pain usually develops gradually and may be triggered by wearing inappropriate shoes.

Possible causes of foot and heel pain

Heel pain is most often caused by repetitive stress or other medical conditions and not necessarily from injury. While the most common cause of foot and heel pain is plantar fasciitis, there are other potential causes as well.

  • Plantar fasciitis: plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the plantar fascia, the ligament that runs from the heel bone to the ball of the foot. This condition is common in people with unusually high or low arches.
  • Heel bursitis: When inflammation occurs in the bursa (fluid-filled sac) at the back of the heel, it is known as bursitis. This condition can be caused by wearing ill-fitting footwear or abnormal biomechanics that cause friction over the bursa such as your heels and arches falling in. Pain typically progresses as the day goes on.
  • Sever’s disease (heel pain): This is caused by inflammation of the growth plate in the heel and is most common in active children. You may notice your child limping or they may complain of heel pain during or after sporting activities
  • Stress fracture: This injury can occur as a response to repetitive stress, heavy manual labour, or strenuous exercise or sports. It is particularly common in runners and individuals with osteoporosis.
  • Achilles tendinosis: Also known as tendonitis or degenerative tendinopathy, this is a chronic condition that can occur when the Achilles tendon experiences progressive degeneration.

Other possible causes of heel pain include rupture of the Achilles tendon, a tear in the plantar fascia, systemic arthritis, bone bruise, poor posture, circulation problems, calcaneal cysts, and gout. If the pain is felt on the heel or the foot, it may be caused by a range of issues such as sprains, stress fractures, cuboid syndrome, tarsal coalition, or bunions or calluses.

Treatment options and when to see a podiatrist for heel pain

The good news is that most cases of heel and foot pain can be treated successfully and conservatively. Options for treatment include non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, corticosteroid injections, physical therapy, athletic taping, and orthotic devices. In severe cases or when conservative treatment measures are not sufficient, surgery may be an option.

If you think you may need to see a podiatrist for plantar fasciitis or another foot issue, Taylors Lakes Podiatry Clinic can help. Our podiatrists are friendly, caring and knowledgeable on a wide range of foot and heel issues. We take a personalised approach to every patient, designing a unique treatment plan to help with your particular symptoms and conditions. To learn more or book a consultation, contact Taylors Lakes Podiatry Clinic today.

Walk freely with orthotic insoles for plantar fasciitis

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Custom Orthotics Melbourne | St Albans | Taylors Lake Podiatry Clinic

If you are suffering from plantar fasciitis, you know that the mornings can be the hardest part of the day. Instead of welcoming the morning with joy and optimism, you are greeted with heel pain that starts from the moment you step out of bed. Plantar fasciitis is a common condition which causes pain in the heel or arch of the foot. It can cause discomfort beyond standing and can prevent you from partaking in some of the activities you love. From exercising to playing with the kids, every day presents challenges because of your heel pain. Taylors Lakes Podiatry Clinic can help you take your mornings, afternoons and nights back and allow you to enjoy your life pain-free with podiatrist orthotics. Our podiatrists are experts in treating this condition and can provide you with a personalised management plan and orthotics for plantar fasciitis which will allow you to reclaim your previous lifestyle.

What causes plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis can occur for many reasons. Excessive exercise and repetitive motion can cause inflammation due to the weight-bearing stress. As a result, plantar fasciitis is common in athletes. Wearing incorrect or ill-fitting footwear (such as high heels or work boots) can cause unequal distribution of weight on the foot. Lack of cushioning in a shoe and the repetitive motion of walking leaves the tissue vulnerable to carrying excessive weight. Other naturally occurring causes of plantar fasciitis can be having high foot arches, flat feet, significant weight gain, diabetes and arthritis. Pregnancy is another possible cause, and it can also affect the hormone levels and flexibility of your ligaments and cause inflammation in the plantar fascia. Whether you are trying to wear the latest foot fashions, training for a marathon, or experiencing changes in your bodyweight, there are many causes of plantar fasciitis. The good news, however, is that they are allvery manageable through expert care.

Orthotics can sometimes be a solution

Our podiatrists are experts in treating this chronic pain condition and can help create a pain management plan specifically for you through the use of podiatrist orthotics. A podiatrist orthotic is a device that is placed in each of your shoes to help your foot function properly. Orthotics are used to help the foot recover from tears or stress fractures and help to restrict certain movements that cause inflammation and pain. By assessing your unique biodynamics (posture and movement) and gait, our podiatrists are able to choose the orthotic that will best support your feet and help manage your heel pain. Orthotics range from prefabricated to custom-made to provide the best range of options for you. Our friendly podiatrists will discuss the different kinds of podiatrist orthotics with you and guide you through the process of customising your orthotics for plantar fasciitis in order to provide you with the best outcome.

Foot Pain | Heal Pain | Plantar Fasciiitis | Melbourne | Taylors Lakes Podiatry Clinic