A successful treatment for plantar fasciitis differs vastly between patients, their foot type, gait, job, the length of time a person has had the condition and therefore a thorough assessment is required to recommend a treatment that will work.
The treatment for a patient who stands the rest of day, who has dysfunction in tibialis posterior is not the same and totally unique to someone who has sub talar joint axis which is lateral and calf muscles that are hypertonic. Some practitioners apply the same treatment for all of their patients. But we do thorough assessment, which is designed to identify the root cause, we consider your type of foot, the way you walk, your activities like what you normally do during the day, the stage of plantar fasciitis you are in, everything prior we recommend the right treatment.
Patient education and taking our advise is crucial. You have an injury on a weight baring part of the body. This is not an elbow you can rest while you use your other arm. Unless you are in a position to put your feet up for 6 weeks, you need to take the advise of our Podiatrists and follow their instructions carefully.
If there’s no direct impact to the fascia or heel for example jumping down stairs, and heavy landing, then it is probably because of your foot’s mechanics not functioning as it’s supposed to for quite some time, and the fastest and the most reliable approach for us to remove your plantar fasciitis, as long as it’s not torn, is to address the root cause of the problem, correct your foot mechanics, and we achieve this by using custom-made insoles. It is going to be custom designed around the specifics of your injury, not just to custom your foot..
If you have been unsuccessful with orthotics in the past then don’t be disheartened, we have a special interest in this area, and will only recommend the right orthotic if the assessment ticks all the right boxes.
Could be Torn: Plantar Fascia
Though majority of the patients who come to the clinic are somehow familiar with the symptoms of plantar fasciitis, and are normally pretty sure that they have done an accurate self diagnosis, we would still go through a comprehensive checklist of common Plantar Fasciitis signs and symptoms on the consultation.
There are 3 main areas of tenderness that you will react to when finger pressure is applied to the heel and arch of your foot and in the absence of ultra sound or x-ray (that are not always necessary) this is reliable and accurate process of diagnosis.
Plantar Fasciitis Treatment
We have an existing plantar fasciitis treatment program that we are going to undergo. You will take this with you after the consultation.
You are required to bring a small selection of shoes to your consultation with you, including trainers, so that we can advise which ones are more appropriate for your condition. Wear patterns on the shoes are not as important in these circumstances.
For country and interstate patients, we can evaulate your Plantar Fasciitis. We have a treatment program ready that we use during the one visit.