Plantar Fasciitis is a common condition treated at The Sussex Foot Centre. The
Plantar Fascia is a large band of tissue which is situated along the bottom of
the foot. Medical research states that Plantar Fasciitis affects up to 10% of the
population. It is therefore something that we see a lot of, here at the clinic!
There are many treatment options which can be implemented to help treat
this and to relieve your symptoms. The pain in your foot may have become worse
due to increased or changed activity levels during lockdown, or indeed through a change of
Individuals who are active and, specifically, those individuals who partake in
running are mostly affected by the condition, as this high impact sport can put
pressure on the fascia and create inflammation and pain. The
condition can, therefore, affect a person’s quality of life and stop them from doing certain
hobbies or activities.
There are many different types of treatment options we can use, depending on
the severity and the personal choice of the patient. Orthotics, muscle
Stretching Regimes, Corticosteroid Injection and Shockwave Therapy are all
ways of treating the condition here at the Sussex Foot Centre:
Orthotics can be prescribed. The word ‘ortho’ comes from Latin meaning
‘straight’. These inserts are bespoke and fitted to your specific foot type, shape
and individual requirements. They correct your foot position, allowing your
foot and ankle to function at their optimum.
Clinically we have found that a high number of patients suffer with this
condition due to their feet being overpronated, which is the podiatric term for
having flattened arches. This can put extra stress and pull on the plantar fascia,
which in turn creates pain. Additionally, patients who have feet with
particularly high arches can also be affected due to being more unstable when
walking. These devices are very discrete and can be changed between shoes!
A treatment for Plantar Fasciitis which is offered at the clinic is Shockwave
Therapy. This is a treatment option where high energy sound waves are passed
through the bottom of the foot to help blood flow and help with cell
regeneration. This helps to repair the micro tears in the tissues which can
occur with overuse and injury. Shockwave can be used alone or in conjunction
with orthotics to help reduce symptoms and pain levels of Plantar Fasciitis.
This treatment is when corticosteroid (steroid) is injected directly into the
Plantar Fascia. This helps to reduce inflammation and pain in the area, it is
carried out under ultrasound guidance. If you have tried other methods and
are still experiencing pain and discomfort, then a corticosteroid injection may
be a good option for you.
If you would like to hear more about how we can treat Plantar Fasciitis and
other lower limb related conditions, then please do not hesitate to contact The
Sussex Foot Centre! We would love to meet you!
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