Heel pain (plantar fasciitis) is often caused by inflammation of the plantar fascia, a tendon that runs from the heel to the middle of the foot, and which supports the arch and absorbs shock. People who stand for long periods, are overweight or have ill-fitting footware with insufficient support can become prone to this kind of heel pain.
Heel pain and ‘workplace athletes’
Workers who walk long distances during the working day or are standing in one position for extended periods of time are more prone to heel and posture-related pain. Heel pain may be caused by the pressure on the foot of standing, or the extra shock impact of walking on hard floor surfaces, such as warehouses or factories.
Your workplace may provide you with safety footwear or work boots, but it is important that they fit properly and are suitable to the daily tasks you do. Ill-fitting boots may contribute to heel pain and other conditions such as ingrown toenails.
Treatments for Plantar Fasciitis from Hunt Footcare
Custom foot orthotics to improve function and foot balance can help resolve plantar fasciitis and heel pain syndromes. These devices are custom-made to fit your feet, and can be inserted into your work boots, safety shoes or any ordinary footwear. Our office can provide a Straussberg sock worn at night which can help relieve the pressure on the tissue, speeding up recovery times whilst letting you continue with everyday activities.
Night braces (splints) are also available to help with recovery and correct healing while you sleep by gently stretching the tendon.
Hunt Footcare can also provide physical therapies including stretching and strengthening programs, ultrasound, laser therapy which are also incorporated in the treatment of plantar fasciitis. If needed Hunt Footcare can prescribe anti inflammatory medication and provide cortisone injections.
Acupuncture for Plantar Fasciitis
We also utilize acupuncture. Our staff have trained at McMaster University Contemporary Medical Acupuncture Program, and we incorporate a neurofunctional approach to treating Musculoskeletal problems.