Plantar Fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain that can affect one or both feet. The Plantar Fascia is the flat band of connective tissue that runs along the sole of the foot, from the heel to the ball, supporting the arch of your foot. The main role is to keep the bones and joints in position, which enables us to push up from the ground, and also acts as a shock absorber. If injured or strained it gets weak, swollen and irritated, resulting in pain in the heel or bottom of your foot when you walk or stand up. Plantar fasciitis most commonly affects middle-aged people, however, it can occur in younger people who are on their feet a lot.

What is the cause of Plantar Fasciitis/ heel pain?

- Straining the ligament that supports the heels arch

- Overuse

- Can occur when your feet roll inward too much when you walk

- You have high arches or flat feet

- Overweight or high BMI, places a greater mechanical load on the Plantar Fasciitis

-Pregnancy, weight gain, swelling and hormone changes may lead to mechanical overload of the Plantar Fasciitis

- If you walk, stand or run for long periods of time, especially on hard surfaces

-Active job that requires you to be on your feet often and for long periods of time

- Shoes that do not fit well or are worn out, or designed poorly with no support

- Tight Achilles tendons or calf muscles affects the flex in your ankle and can make you more prone to damaging your Plantar Fasciitis- heel area

-Certain sports that place a lot of stress on the heel bone such as running, dancing and aerobics

- Exercise on a different surface, for example, running on the road or beach instead of a track
- Repeated strain and small injuries can cause tiny tears in the ligament. These can lead to more pain and swelling

  What are the symptoms that you may experience?

  • Pain when taking first steps from sitting down or getting out of bed
  • May hurt when climbing stairs or after standing for a long time
  • Sharp pain in the inside of the bottom of the heel. Can feel like a knife sticking into the bottom of the foot
  • By the end of the day pain maybe replaced by a dull aching that improves with rest
  • Occasional numbness may be experienced along the outside of the sole of the foot.
  • Tenderness and occasional swelling of the medial aspect of the calcaneus
  • Heel pain after, but not usually during, exercise
  • Mild swelling in the heel

If you are experiencing heel or foot pain, come visit our friendly chiropractors at Lakeside Chiropractic. Our clinicians will assess the complaint, and come to a concise diagnosis as to what exactly is the source of pain. Chiropractic care may assist in the recovery by treating the pain site and relieving symptoms initially using- soft tissue therapy, mobilisations to surrounding joints, dry needling, interferential and trigger point therapy. Once pain is managed, the functional aspect can be addressed. Restoring strength and normal movement within the muscles and joints can be done by specific exercise programmes.

Lakeside Chiropractic is central to the northern suburbs of Perth located in the city of Joondalup -6027. If you are in the surrounding suburbs such as Currambine - 6028, Connolly - 6027, Ocean Reef - 6027, Iluka - 6028, Mindarie - 6030, Clarkson - 6030, Kinross - 6028, Banksia Grove - 6031, Tapping - 6065, Carramar - 6031, and Wanneroo - 6065 please come and see our friendly and experienced chiropractors. With HICAPs on site, we can process your Health Fund payment immediately, no need for you to go to them. We can process HBF, Medibank, BUPA, SGIO, HIF, GMF Health and CUA. If your fund is not listed please feel free to ask at the time of your booking. You can contact us on 9300 0095, or visit our website www.lakesidechiro.com.au to make an enquiry or booking.

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