Is it painful to walk in the morning? Is your first step out of your bed so uncomfortable? Our Foot and Ankle Experts Clinicians can help you to get back to your daily activity with no pain.
What is Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis is a painful inflammatory heel condition that affects the large ligament-type structure in the base of the bottom of the feet. Some may develop plantar fasciitis as a result of wear and tear over certain physical activities or ill-fitted shoes.
The plantar fascia can become thick and inflamed due to the irritation at its attachment, at the base of the heel. Some doctors may say heel spur is the underlying diagnosis of plantar fasciitis. However, this diagnosis is misleading as the spur itself does not cause pain. Instead, the source of pain is the inflammation within the plantar fascia surrounding the bone spur/ heel spur itself. Heel pain is common, first thing in the morning when you are climbing out of bed and/or after periods of rest.
The plantar fasciitis pain can be inconsistent. Often there are pain-free periods when the you feel like they are healed, only for it to suddenly come back.
On the other hand, plantar fascia tearing pain is sharp and consistent.
It is important that your clinician differentiates between regular plantar fasciitis and plantar fascia tearing as the treatment is completely different. Here at the Foot & Ankle Experts, we use diagnostic ultrasound imaging correctly identify and diagnose your condition.
How can we help?
During your appointment with Dr Kim. She will analyse your normal gait and daily footwear to eliminate any underlying biomechanical errors causing heel pain. From there, she will prescribe a form of treatment, which could be the following.
Chronic Plantar Fasciosis
If you suffered from acute plantar fasciitis for more than three months, it is now regarded as a chronic condition that involves the central nervous system. If not treated, this will lead to chronic plantar fasciosis which means degeneration of the fascia. People with this condition suffer from excruciating or unbearable pain which does not improve by offloading or taking NSAIDs.
How can we help?
Dr Kim can assess your soft tissue damage by utilising a domiciliary diagnostic ultrasound. Depending on the onset of pain, soft tissue inflammation status, injury pathway, different treatment modalities can be used.