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Plantar Fasciitis can be rectified with treatment from a qualified podiatrist.
It is an inflammation, irritation or degeneration of the plantar fascia. It is a band of tissue under the foot that connects the heel bone to the ball of the foot. From the heel bone, on cadaver dissections, the fibres connect to the achilles tendon.
In the past, this condition was known as heel spur syndrome. However, current research suggests that plantar fasciitis is a separate issue to pain caused by heel spurs.
A common symptom is pain in the heel or arch area. Particularly when standing up first thing in the morning and after rest. In addition, the pain may then go away, but usually returns throughout the day. The condition can be quite painful and debilitating.
It is typically caused by a combination of poor biomechanical foot function, poor footwear choices, standing long hours on hard surfaces, and/or acute injury.
Treatment often involves taping, rehabilitation, padding, orthotic devices and modifications to footwear. Additionally, your podiatrist may prescribe specialised orthotics for your heel and arch pain, which redistributes forces away from the problem area in order to reduce inflammation and pain and prevent recurrence.
For difficult cases of heel and arch pain, resolution of pain and damage, can often be achieved through new advancements in regenerative medicine. These therapies include prolotherapy, platelet rich plasma, cytokine concentrates and photobiomodulation (low level laser).
Where pain is mainly neuropathic, Lyftogt perineural prolotherapy is a safe, simple and quick solution.
With the help of your podiatrist, plantar fasciitis can be treated effectively and prevented in the future.
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