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Heel Pain/Plantarfasciits

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What is heel pain?
  • Heel pain is an umbrella term that encompasses over 40 conditions that affect the area, with about 1 in 10 people will experience heel pain during their lifetime. 

  • Due to the complexity heel of the different conditions affecting the heel, it is important to get this diagnosed correctly so a specific treatment plan can be implemented.

  • Common causes of heel pain include: Plantar fasciitis (insertional or non-insertional), Abductor Hallucis tendonitis, Heel pad syndrome, heel spur syndrome, nerve referral, and baxters nerve entrapment to name just a few. 

  • Plantar fasciitis is the most common form of heel pain ​and symptoms include:

    • Pain and sometimes swelling in the heel and arch

    • Start-up pain usually occurs in the morning or after rest

    • Pain that increases over time

    • Can be worse with standing and exercising 

What is the Plantar Fascia?

The Plantar Fascia is a thick band on the bottom of your foot. It runs from the insertion point in the heel and fans out to all your toes. It acts as a support mechanism for the foot and helps turn your foot from a flexible adaptor to the ground at heel strike to the rigid lever for propulsion in the end stages of the gait cycle. This Plantar Fascia can be acutely torn or gradually overloaded with increased stress due to activity levels or increased body weight (increase in stress). Microdamage and swelling can occur to the tissue leading to increased collagen turnover as it tries to repair forming scar tissue. This can be shown with a chronic thickening of the Plantar Fascia.

How can The Functional Podiatrist help resolve your heel pain?

​Heel pain can be quite debilitating if left untreated. We use multiple treatment modalities to target and resolve the issue including:

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