Foot pain can be debilitating as it can limit your freedom and ability to work. Many are worried that it may be due to undiagnosed diabetes, worsening diabetes or a heart or kidney problem. At our clinic you will be assessed to ensure your foot pain is not due to a medical condition. If that is suspected we can perform blood tests and offer specialist medical reviews.
However, our therapeutic methods can attend to injuries, heel spurs, plantar fasciitis, ankle injuries and more. If you had a fracture and need rehabilitation to help you to walk properly again, we can help! We always advise that you bring you regular home and work footwear to a session, as these may also be contributing to your pain.
Heel Spurs and Plantar Fasciitis
Do you have heel pain upon waking up that forces you to walk on your toes for a while? What about after sitting or resting for a period of time? Then it is likely you have plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is inflammation of the plantar fascia, a tough ligament at the bottom of the foot. It functions to support the arch of the foot which absorbs shock as you run or walk. Additional weight, poor foot mechanics, improper footwear or even scoliosis can lead to plantar fasciitis.
Heel spurs come about due to calcium been deposited in the chronically inflamed plantar fascia but it is usually not cause of the pain. However, if they grow large enough they can eventually become an additional source of pain and you may need to have them surgically removed or even cut the plantar fascia. Therapy is a good option before attempting steroid injections or surgery. Even if you do get relief from steroid injections, therapy is still recommended thereafter, because the pain can be worse if you get a recurrence.