Are you experiencing a stabbing pain near the heel of your foot? You might be suffering from a common foot condition known as plantar fasciitis. As leading HCPC registered podiatrists in Ribble Valley and Preston, The Foot Room is committed to helping patients understand and manage this condition.
Understanding Plantar Fasciitis
Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the band of tissue (the plantar fascia) that stretches from your heel to your toes. This band supports the arch of your foot and absorbs shocks when you walk. Repetitive stress or strain can cause tiny tears in the fascia, leading to pain and inflammation.
Causes and Symptoms
Plantar fasciitis is often seen in runners, people who are overweight, and those wearing shoes with inadequate support. The primary symptom is a stabbing pain near your heel, particularly noticeable with your first steps in the morning or after sitting for extended periods.
Step 1: Diagnosis at The Foot Room
At The Foot Room, our first step is to diagnose the condition correctly. We do this via a thorough examination of your foot, considering your medical history and symptoms. We may also use imaging tests to rule out other foot conditions.
Step 2: Treatment Options
Once diagnosed, we customise a treatment plan to relieve pain and promote healing.
- Stretching and strengthening exercises: We provide personalised exercises to stretch the plantar fascia and Achilles tendon and strengthen your lower leg muscles.
- Physical therapy: Our experts offer therapy sessions designed to alleviate the pain associated with plantar fasciitis.
- Orthotics: Custom orthotic devices provided by The Foot Room can distribute pressure evenly across your feet, relieving stress on the plantar fascia.
For persistent cases, we collaborate with other health professionals to offer advanced treatments such as steroid injections or extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT).
Step 3: Prevention Strategies
Prevention is better than cure. The Foot Room encourages preventive strategies like regular foot exercises, maintaining a healthy weight, and wearing shoes with good arch support and a cushioned sole.
Plantar fasciitis can be painful, but with the right treatment plan, you can manage the condition effectively. The Foot Room, with our award-winning clinics in Longridge and Broughton, is here to provide advanced care and support. We offer modern and professional HCPC podiatry foot care that provides lasting solutions to all your foot problems. Book an appointment today, and take the first step towards a pain-free life.