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Get to the Sole of Your Pain: How Our Holistic Approach Helps Combat Plantar Fasciitis

As a functional podiatrist, I encounter many patients who suffer from plantar fasciitis, a painful condition that affects the heel and sole of the foot. This condition is very common, with up to 10% of the population experiencing it at some point in their lives. In this blog post, I will discuss the aetiology and statistics of plantar fasciitis, the histology of the condition, common treatment protocols, and how our treatment method differs to get the best outcome.


Aetiology and Statistics


Plantar fasciitis is caused by inflammation of the plantar fascia, a thick band of connective tissue that runs along the sole of the foot. This condition is more common in females than males and is most commonly seen in individuals between the ages of 40 and 60 years old. Other risk factors for plantar fasciitis include obesity, foot pronation (flat feet), high arches, prolonged standing, and repetitive stress from activities such as running and jumping.


Histology


Plantar fasciitis is characterized by microtears and degeneration of the plantar fascia, which leads to inflammation and pain. This condition can also cause the formation of bone spurs on the heel, which can contribute to the pain and discomfort experienced by patients.


Common Treatment Protocols


The treatment of plantar fasciitis typically involves a combination of rest, stretching, and physical therapy. Patients may also be advised to wear orthotics or supportive shoes to reduce the pressure on the plantar fascia. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may be prescribed to reduce inflammation and pain. In severe cases, corticosteroid injections or surgery may be recommended.


Our Treatment Method


At our clinic, we take a holistic approach to the treatment of plantar fasciitis. We believe that this condition is often caused by imbalances in the feet and lower legs, which can be addressed through biomechanical analysis and corrective exercises. We use advanced gait analysis technology to assess the patient's gait and identify any imbalances or abnormalities in foot function. Based on this analysis, we develop a customised treatment plan that includes corrective exercises, offloading compressive forces, manual therapy, and orthotic therapy.


Our treatment method focuses on addressing the root cause of the patient's pain and discomfort, rather than just treating the symptoms. By correcting imbalances and improving foot function, we can help patients achieve long-term relief from plantar fasciitis.

In conclusion, plantar fasciitis is a common and painful condition that affects many individuals.


As a functional podiatrist, we take a holistic approach to the treatment of this condition, focusing on identifying and correcting imbalances in foot function. By doing so, we can help patients achieve long-term relief from their symptoms and improve their overall quality of life. If you or someone you know is suffering from plantar fasciitis, don't hesitate to seek professional help from a qualified podiatrist.

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