Plantar Heel Pain
Plantar heel pain is a very common and highly debilitating injury that we see in our clinic.
There are many structures that can be affected, however it is a ligament called the plantar fascia that attaches onto the heel bone, supports the arch, and fans out into the ball of the foot that is most commonly damaged. The plantar fascia’s role during gait is to make the foot rigid during the propulsive phase of gait. Due to poor foot mechanics, the plantar fascia can be strained causing heel pain. In the majority of cases, pain is experienced as a sharp stabbing pain in the morning which then subsides with activity. However if the plantar fascia is severely damaged, pain can be experienced all the time and can often lead to an evidential limp.
We specialise in assessing and appropriately managing your heel pain. It is important to note that although the plantar fascia is injured in the majority of cases, it is still crucial to identify the exact damaged tissue to ensure an appropriate treatment plan can be implemented. This can consist of radiological referral to ensure proper diagnoses.
With our latest technology, we can effectively assess your gait through a video gait analysis program which we can show you on our large screen to demonstrate how you walk and therefore the stress placed on your heel during walking or running.
The Technological breakthrough that has revolutionised the way Heel Pain is treated is Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy. It has been the best thing to happen to the treatment of Heel Pain. We have helped many patients with long term Heel Pain and seen fantastic pain relief results. All AFL clubs have this same technology with them on game day.
It is important to get onto your heel pain as soon as possible as delaying treatment can increase treatment times and also severely debilitate
you through day to day walking.