A successful Plantar Fasciitis Treatment differs vastly between patients, their foot type, gait, job, the length of time a person has had the condition and therefore a thorough assessment is required to recommend a treatment that will work.
The treatment for a patient who stands all day, has tibialis posterior dysfunction and a medial subtalar joint axis is completely different to a patient who has a lateral sub talar joint axis and hypertonic calf muscles.
Patient education and taking our advise is crucial. You have an injury on a weight baring part of the body. This is not an elbow you can rest while you use your other arm. Unless you are in a position to put your feet up for 6 weeks, you need to take the advise of our Podiatrists and follow their instructions carefully.
If there has been no direct trauma to the heel/fascia (e.g. jumping down some stairs and landing heavily) then it is most likely due to the mechanics of your foot not functioning correctly, it has occured over a period of time, and the quickest and the most reliable way for us to eliminate your Plantar Fasciitis (Providing it isn’t torn) is to address the cause of the problem, correct the mechanics of your foot and we do this using custom made insoles. It is not just custom to your foot, but custom designed around the specifics of your injury.
Your Plantar Fascia Could Be Torn
Although most patients presenting to the clinic are already familiar with the signs and symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis, and are usually quite sure that they have made an accurate self diagnosis, we must still go through a checklist of typical Plantar Fasciitis symptoms during consultation.
There are 3 main areas of tenderness that you will react to when finger pressure is applied to the heel and arch of your foot and in the absence of ultra sound or x-ray (which are not always necessary) this is a reliable method of diagnosis.
Treating Plantar Fasciitis
We have a Plantar Fasciitis Treatment program in place that we will go through and which you will take away with you at the end of your consultation.
You are required to bring a small selection of shoes to your consultation with you, including trainers, so that we can advise which ones are more appropriate for your condition. Wear patterns on the shoes are not as important in these circumstances.
For interstate and country patients we can assess your Plantar Fasciitis and put the treatment program in place during the one visit.