If you’re suffering from plantar fasciitis, a common foot condition that causes pain and discomfort, you’ve come to the right place.

In this article, we will explore the causes, symptoms, and treatment options available for plantar fasciitis. 

Our expert podiatrists at The Hartland Podiatry Clinic in Oxfordshire are dedicated to providing effective solutions to help you get back on your feet.

Understanding Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is a condition characterized by inflammation of the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue that connects the heel to the toes. It is often caused by repetitive strain and overuse of the foot, leading to micro-tears and inflammation. Common symptoms include heel pain, especially in the morning or after periods of rest, as well as tenderness and stiffness in the foot.

Diagnosis of Plantar Fasciitis

Diagnosing plantar fasciitis involves a thorough examination of your medical history, physical assessment and imaging tests. Our podiatrists will carefully evaluate your symptoms and medical history to ensure an accurate diagnosis and develop an individualized treatment plan.

Plantar Fasciitis Treatment Options

Bespoke Orthotics:

Bespoke orthotics, or custom-made shoe inserts, are a popular and effective treatment option for plantar fasciitis. These orthotics are designed to provide optimal arch support, correct foot alignment, and reduce strain on the plantar fascia. By distributing pressure evenly and promoting proper foot mechanics, bespoke orthotics help alleviate pain, support the healing process, and prevent further injury.

Therapeutic Ultrasound:

Therapeutic ultrasound is a non-invasive treatment modality used for plantar fasciitis. High-frequency sound waves are applied to the affected area, promoting deep tissue heating and increasing blood flow. This therapy helps reduce inflammation, relieve pain, and accelerate the healing process. Therapeutic ultrasound can be performed in conjunction with other plantar fasciitis treatment methods to enhance their effectiveness.

Exercises:

Exercise can help plantar fasciitis. They aim to strengthen the muscles of the foot and calf while improving flexibility in the plantar fascia. Common exercises include calf stretches, toe curls, and towel scrunches. Regularly performing these exercises can help alleviate pain, prevent future injuries, and promote overall foot health.

Advanced Injection Therapies:

Advanced injection therapies may be recommended. These therapies involve the injection of medications into the affected area to reduce inflammation, promote tissue healing, and relieve pain. Examples of advanced injection therapies for plantar fasciitis include corticosteroid injections, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections, and prolotherapy. These treatments are typically performed under the guidance of a qualified healthcare professional.

It’s important to note that the most appropriate plantar fasciitis treatment options varies depending on individual factors and the severity of the condition. A comprehensive evaluation by a healthcare professional, such as a podiatrist, can help determine the most suitable treatment plan tailored to the specific needs of each patient.

Prevention and Lifestyle Adjustments

Preventing plantar fasciitis recurrence involves making some lifestyle adjustments and taking preventive measures. This includes wearing supportive footwear, avoiding prolonged standing or high-impact activities, maintaining a healthy weight, and regularly performing foot stretches and exercises.

Conclusion

Don’t let plantar fasciitis keep you from enjoying an active and pain-free life!

At The Hartland Podiatry Clinic, our dedicated team of podiatrists are here to provide you with effective treatment options tailored to your needs. 

Schedule an appointment with us today and take the first step towards a pain-free future.

We also offer a huge range of chiropody services and specialist podiatry in Oxfordshire and surrounding areas. 
If you’d like to book an appointment, contact us via telephone 01235 798313 or email info@thehartlandclinic.co.uk. Follow us on Facebook!