What is it?
Plantar fasciitis is the term commonly used to refer to heel and arch pain traced to an inflammation on the bottom of the foot.
What causes it?
There are several conditions that can cause plantar heel pain (in one or both heels); including plantar fasciitis, stress fracture of the heel bone (calcaneus), tear of the plantar fascia and bruising of the fat pad.
This gradually causes inflammation. A range of foot injuries or improper mechanics can lead to this and over-pronation is the most common cause.
what does it lead to?
Specifically, it is an inflammation of the connective tissue, called plantar fascia, that stretches from the base of the toes, across the arch of the foot, to the point at which it inserts into the heel bone.
As the foot rolls inward excessively when walking, it flattens, lengthens the arch and puts added tension on the plantar fascia.
what about heel spurs?
Heel spur syndrome is another condition that occurs when the plantar tendon pulls at its attachment to the heel bone, causing growths on the underside, forepart of the heel bone. This area later calcifies to form a spur. In persistent cases, proper warm-up before exercise, using appropriate athletic shoes can also alleviate ligament strain and prevent heel spurs.
The condition is often successfully treated with conservative measures, such as the use of anti-inflammatory medications, icing, foot stretching exercises, physical therapy and custom orthotic device prescriptions to correct the foot position, reducing pain.
We see people with heel pain at our clinic every week. Don’t put up with disabling heel pain – we have a wide range of solutions to rapidly improve your lifestyle.
WHAT DO WE DO?
Our team will help diagnose and discuss with you the most cost effective option(s) for your individual condition and situation. We often use two types of orthotic insoles to treat and prevent foot pain:
- Fully customized biomechanical orthoses
- Prefabricated (off the shelf) devices
How do we do it?
Our custom-made prescription foot orthoses are manufactured from a digital 3D foot scan taken of both your feet.
Orders are sent to our premium orthotic manufacturing labs based in Australia or Hong Kong.