Plantar Fasciitis…What the Heel?

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We all know that we are supposed to be more active, and indeed active every day. However for some people this can be very challenging, particularly if they have a painful foot condition, aggravated by exercise!

Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common reasons that people consult our clinic, specifically our Biomechanics Consultant Edward.   

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Your plantar fascia is like a thick band of fibrous tissue that runs across the sole of your foot.  It starts at your heel, goes under your arch and spreads out like a fan.  Its job is to hold your foot together yet keep it flexible, so it is very strong and a little bit stretchy. 

The plantar fascia can become inflamed when it gets over-stretched, which can lead to microscopic tears and therefore pain. 

So what causes this over-stretching? 

Of course, there is rarely a clear answer to this question, but there are some factors which we believe contribute to the development of this condition:

  • Poor footwear
  • Sudden onset of exercise
  • Tight calf muscles
  • Imbalance in full-body biomechanics
  • Biomechanical problems in the foot 

The standard treatment for this is ice, rest and painkillers.  This may be effective initially, but in chronic (over 6 weeks duration) cases this is not a sustainable solution. 

There are a number of treatment options to try for this particular condition, and the best course of action should be customised to each individual sufferer. 

At Banchory Spinal Health, our specialist Biomechanics Consultant is trained to assess and diagnose foot problems such as plantar fasciitis, and we have partnered with FootHealth, the leading experts in producing bespoke orthotics to help with a wide variety of foot problems.  We utilise a number of different techniques and will have some key recommendations to help you get back to feeling your best. 

If we feel that you would benefit from a pair of our custom orthotics we will certainly recommend them, but not without taking a full history of the problem, doing a full biomechanical assessment and foot scan with our state of the art technology and then fully discussing the best course of action first.  Sometimes we recommend other options first such as massage, dry needling or specific home exercises. 

Foot and heel pain is an extremely debilitating condition, one that you don’t have to live with forever!  Our team of Chiropractors, Osteopaths, Massage Therapists and our Biomechanics Consultant are here to help you live a pain-free life!

Our Orthotics Assessments cost £60 and can be booked via our website, or call the clinic on 01330 824040 to schedule an appointment.

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