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Oct 2021

Plantar Fasciitis & Heel Spurs

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Signs & Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis and Heel Spurs

What is Plantar Fasciitis and Heel Spurs?

Plantar Fasciitis is classified as an overuse condition which results in inflammation of the plantar fascia that results in tissue fatigue. Plantar Fasciitis is located at the bottom of the foot and this condition can be both very painful and sometimes difficult to treat. Plantar Fasciitis can occur from overtraining, poor techniques, or when running on hard surfaces for long periods of time. People that may have poor biomechanics are overweight or have improper footwear may also be affected. It is the most common cause of foot pain in athletes. Most people are over the age of 40 and very active but it can people of any age.

Heel Spurs and Plantar Fasciitis are closely related although they are not the same. Plantar Fasciitis is the inflammation of the plantar fascia while heel spurs are classified as bone deposits that can form on the heel. Many people with plantar fasciitis (approximately 70%) will have heel spurs. In some cases heel spurs may have no pain. Heel spurs are common in people who have had a history of previous foot pain or Plantar Fasciitis. Most often Heel Spurs are seen in middle aged men and women. Heel spurs are calcium deposits that build up on the underside of the heel bone which is a process that occurs over a period of many months. This is especially common in athletes whose activities many include large amounts of running and jumping.

Plantar Fasciitis

What are the Signs & Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis and Heel Spurs?

Plantar Fasciitis can be felt on one foot or both and symptoms can range from mild to severe. The pain tends to have a slow onset with no prior history of pain or trauma. Plantar Fasciitis can be very painful and especially noticeable when waking from bed and putting your foot on the floor. The healing process for plantar fascia can be slow since this area is poorly vascularized (poor or insufficient blood flow).

Heel spurs in some cases does not cause any pain or discomfort. It can be an intermittent chronic type pain especially when jogging running or jumping. When pain is felt it can be knifelike or sticking a pin in the bottom of your foot. Sharp pain can occur when standing up for long periods of time.

Shockwave Therapy for Plantar Fasciitis

What Treatment Options Do We Offer For Plantar Fasciitis & Heel Spurs?

Treatment for Plantar Fasciitis would focus on reducing the inflammation of the plantar fascia as well as reducing pain. Physiotherapy treatment with an IFC (Interferential Current Therapy) can help reduce pain and inflammation of the plantar fascia. In chronic plantar fascia and heel spurs we use Shockwave Therapy which has been shown to be over 90% effective in eliminating this condition.

Can Plantar Fasciitis Be Cured?

Plantar Fasciitis can usually resolve itself over time. Using Ice can help reduce inflammation and pain which may help to speed up recovery. In more chronic cases of Plantar Fasciitis physiotherapy treatment has been shown to be effective with IFC or with Shockwave Treatment. Athletes that train regularly will find that plantar fasciitis may take long to heal and pain may get worse better getting better. Improper footwear can contribute to plantar fasciitis but your fascia may need rest in order to heal. In order to get back to training Shockwave would be the quickest and most effective way of treating chronic plantar fasciitis. Dynamic Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Clinic Inc. has both an IFC and Shockwave to provide fast results.

Will Plantar Fasciitis Get Worse and Signs It Has Become Worse?

One of the way of knowing when plantar fasciitis is getting worse in when awaking in the morning and putting your foot onto the floor. In this case after a nights rest and healing pressure on the inflamed point can become quite painful. Usually after time the pain tends to lessen. Other signs that Plantar Fasciitis may be getting worse is when the pain doesn’t fade away over the course of the day or that pain may increase over time. When plantar fasciitis becomes so painful that it affects your gait (changes how you walk) it may cause pain in your knees hip and/or back.

Heel Spur

Are Plantar Fasciitis Socks Effective?

Plantar fasciitis socks can help to relieve pain and to reduce swelling. In more painful situations or if the plantar fasciitis is a chronic condition then we recommend physiotherapy to help relieve the condition.

Can Footwear Help With Plantar Fasciitis?

If you’re an athlete proper supportive shoes should be mandatory as they have proper support for the heel and arch. In most cases proper footwear will not only help heel and arch support but often can help reduce the impact on the foot which will reduce pain. If plantar fasciitis persists with proper footwear then Physiotherapy would be highly recommended for fast results.

If you have any questions about Plantar Fasciitis or Heel Spurs contact us at 905-273-5433 or at www.dynamicphysiotherapy.ca

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