Arch Pain, Plantar Fasciitis & Flat Feet
Plantar fasciitis usually presents as pain and/or stiffness in the arch of the foot or in the bottom of the heel. The pain usually presents first thing in the morning and after periods of inactivity. The pain and accompanying inflammation usually comes on gradually and many people therefore put up with it for many months hoping it will go away.
The Plantar Fascia is a large band of fibres that stretches along the sole of the foot much like a rubber band. It inserts into the base of the heel. Flat feet and inappropriate footwear can put strain on the plantar fascia and cause it to pull on its attachment to the heel. This causes micro-tears between the fibres and the bone which results in inflammation and pain.
A diagnosis of plantar fasciitis can be made by the Podiatrists at Jandakot Podiatry. There are a number of treatment options available and your podiatrist will usually use a combination of therapies best suited to your circumstances. Treatment options include stretching and strengthening exercises, massage, heat and cold therapy, ultrasound, dry needling and the prescription of orthotics to correct any biomechanical issues.
If you or anybody you know is suffering from arch pain, plantar fasciitis flat feet in the South Lakes, Cockburn, Jandakot and Beeliar areas, please give one of our friendly podiatrists a call. They will be happy to help!