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Heel pain and Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar Fasciitis

What is it?

A common foot injury often presenting as ‘heel pain’ and referred to as a ‘heel spur’. It is regularly undiagnosed with people simply accepting to walk around in pain. It is a musculoskeletal condition that often causes pain underneath the heel and arch of the foot as this is where the ‘plantar fascia’ is anatomically located. This condition can affect anyone and can develop both rapidly or gradually.

Signs and Symptoms (includes but not limited to)

  • Pain underneath the heel or in the arch

  • Pain when first walking and after resting for a long period

  • Aching feet

  • Soreness upon palpation and touch

​​How is it treated?

There are many ways to treat plantar fasciitis and management plans are dependent upon the results from your assessment with a podiatrist. Below are some of the most common and effective treatment modalities utilised here at Atherton Road Podiatry Centre.

  • Correct Footwear: Price and materials do not necessarily determine the quality of footwear for you. Through correct assessment and prescription, a pair of shoes can help treat and further prevent the recurrence of plantar fasciitis as well as other foot conditions.

  • Orthoses/Innersoles: Orthotics that are correctly modified and fitted to your foot by our podiatrists can assist in biomechanically correcting your foot to reduce forces that may be causing damage to your plantar fascia. 

  • Conservatively: Using a multitude of conservative treatments such as strapping, ice therapy, stretching, anti-inflammatory medication and scheduled rest can assist with the healing process.

  • Dry needling/massage

  • Corticosteroidal injections

  • Shockwave therapy

If you have any signs or symptoms, come to see us as your Oakleigh podiatrist, book online or call 03 9568 1011.