Heel pain/plantar fasciitis
What is plantar fasciitis?
One of the most common causes of heel pain, plantar fasciitis is the inflammation and tearing of a thick band of tissue (plantar fascia) that runs across the bottom of your foot, connecting your heel bone to your toes. Stabbing heel pain can occur with your first steps upon waking in the morning, and generally subsides as you move around, though it can return after long periods of standing, or after rising from sitting. There are many causes of plantar fasciitis heel pain:
- Excessive weight gain
- Wearing shoes that are worn out or lacking in support
- Flat feet
- Foot injuries or trauma
- High , or sagging, arches
- Sudden increase in physical activity
- Excessive periods of standing
- Increasing age
- Foot pronation
- Inflexible calf muscles
How Active Foot Care Clinic and Orthotic Centre can help:
Our caring chiropodist/foot care specialist offers a variety of products and services to help you with your heel pain caused by plantar fasciitis:
- Custom made orthotics:
The most effective treatment for plantar fasciitis is custom made orthotics, which addresses your present heel pain.
- Cold laser therapy
Also known as low level laser therapy (LLLT), cold laser therapy has been widely used in Europe for over 35 years, and has been the subject of numerous worldwide studies with over 3,500 scientific papers published. Plantar fasciitis and the heel pain caused by it can be effectively treated by cold laser therapy. For more information on Active Foot Care Clinic and Orthotic Centre's cold laser therapy services in Brantford and Hamilton, please call us, or visit our laser and shockwave web page.
- Shockwave therapy
Also known as extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT), shockwave therapy accelerates the healing process in the foot by stimulating metabolism and enhancing blood circulation to regenerate damaged tissue. For more information on Active Foot Care Clinic and Orthotic Centre's shockwave therapy services in Brantford and Hamilton, please call us, or visit our laser and shockwave web page.
- Strengthening and stretching exercises
Elastic resistance can increase strength and mobility, encourage blood flow, and reduce heel pain.
- Night splints
Designed to keep the plantar fascia in an elongated position overnight, night splints help to reduce the stretch and tear, and heel pain, that occurs when you take your first morning step upon waking.
Adequate indoor and outdoor footwear plays an important role in the recovery from the symptoms of plantar fasciitis. At Active Foot Care Clinic and Orthotic Centre's Hamilton and Brantford locations, our experts can assist you in selecting the most appropriate footwear for your feet.
The chiropodist/foot care specialist at Active Foot Care Clinic and Orthotic Centres in Hamilton and Brantford may prescribe anti-inflammatory medications to help manage heel pain and reduce inflammation. Oral NSAID medication (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), injectable cortisone, or topical medications (anti-inflammatory or analgesics) can be administered for treating the acutely painful or long term chronic forms of plantar fasciitis. Please contact our chiropodist/foot care specialist to learn more about which treatment would work best for you.
- Cortisone injections
Cortisone is a powerful anti-inflammatory substance which can reduce inflammation surrounding the plantar fascia ligament, and lead to pain relief. Heel pain from plantar fasciitis can effectively be abated via a regularly scheduled injection of cortisone at Active Foot Care Clinic and Orthotic Centre's Brantford or Hamilton locations.
- Plantar fasciotomy
Surgery is rarely required for the treatment of plantar fasciitis, but in some cases a plantar fasciotomy will provide the best outcome in effectively reducing heel pain and inflammation.
- Contrast baths
Alternating heat and ice will cause circulation in the area of the plantar fascia to open and close, thus reducing inflammation and heel pain.
- Foot taping
Taping your foot to maintain the arch and relieve some of the tension on the plantar fascia will provide short term relief in acute cases of plantar fasciitis and heel pain.
- Arch supports
Active Foot Care Clinic and Orthotic Centre's Brantford and Hamilton locations offers a line of arch supports which are used to treat milder forms of plantar fasciitis, offer temporary relief while waiting for custom made orthotics to be manufactured, or as an extra device for additional pairs of shoes.
Please contact Active Foot Care Clinic and Orthotic Centre in Hamilton or Brantford, to learn more about how we can assist you with your plantar fasciitis and heel pain concerns.