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How to diagnose and treat Plantar Fasciitis!

Plantar Fasciitis may not be something you have heard much of, yet it’s a very common condition that impacts around 1-2 people per 10. So around 10-20% of us !

This is a condition that causes the bottom of your heel to hurt, sometimes incredibly painfully. ​Today, we will be going over our methods on how to diagnose, treat, and understand the science behind this.

Fun fact! The name ‘Plantar Fasciitis’ is derived from the word ‘plantar fascia’, which is a broad ligament that basically supports your feet and helps you walk.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF PLANTAR FASCIITIS?

The most obvious symptom is pain at the bottom of the heel.

This pain can impact everyone in different ways, though it is common for the condition to get worse in the morning and incredibly painful after rest.

A very notable thing to emphasize is that people usually only feel the pain ​after ​exercise, and not during it; this is a rather difficult symptom to determine, and also makes it easier to ‘overwork or damage’ your feet unknowingly.

If you ever think you may be developing Plantar Fasciitis, don’t hesitate to see a Podiatrist for a physical check-up. Diagnostic ultrasound and MRI scans can be undertaken by a specialist Podiatrist.

WHAT CAN CAUSE THIS CONDITION TO OCCUR?

Heel pain is usually multifactoral and arguably the most common one is that you’ve constantly overused the plantar fascia, or torn, your ligament causing it to become irritated and damaged.

Additionally, obesity or overweight people are more likely to start developing this condition as the plantar fascia takes more load and stress.

Strangely enough, you can also start suffering from this when you are ​too ​active ‒ mainly if you’re a runner due to overuse.

HOW CAN YOU TREAT THIS?

We’d strongly advise going to see a qualified podiatrist. Early treatment is always important to resolve symptoms quickly.

One major tip would just be to take it easy; doing regular stretching exercises while avoiding putting too much strain on your feet can already help a ton. Additionally, it might be worthwhile to invest in some arch supports or casts. Here is a little more information about orthoses below:

Clinic locations:

Appointments are available at all clinical sites  *On-site diagnostic ultrasound is available at Earlsfield and Maidenhead clinical locations.

How to book:

Click the following link to schedule your consultation online 24/7:  BOOK ONLINE.  Alternatively, speak to our friendly booking team between 9am-5pm Monday-Saturday: 020 7164 6607

Insurance and Fee’s:

We accept most major private medical insurance companies including BUPA, Vitality, WPA, Cigna, AVIVA and Simply Health. A full list of our consultation fee’s including self-pay can be found here:  Insurance and Fee’s. Our Podiatry team are health care professional council registered, meaning they are required to maintain professional standards and continued professional development. As an organisation we have invested in the latest diagnostic technology in order to help our podiatry team, help you. We have onsite diagnostic ultrasound available at Maidenhead and Earlsfield clinics. Infra-red pressure analysis available at Maidenhead and Earlsfield clinics with treadmill examinations.

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How to deal with sweaty feet!

Sweaty feet can surprisingly be a terrible thing to experience. With over 250,000 sweat glands, it can get really unpleasant to deal with this issue.

But why does this even happen? Well, sweating is a critical process our body undergoes to cool ourselves down, and control body temperature. Almost every single body part does this, including our feet!

Did you know there is a condition called plantar hyperhidrosis ​that causes the excessive sweating of the feet? A staggering 5% of the world population suffer from this.

We aren’t trying to scare you, but if left untreated ‒ you can contract diseases, blisters, infections, and other nasty things! Today, we are going to share some of our methods.

WASH YOUR FEET DAILY

Dedicate some of your time every day to washing your feet and drying in-between the toes. This completely wipes out any bacteria lingering around, and also stops terrible foot odour from emerging.

PICK THE RIGHT SOCKS

Change your socks daily, especially if you usually wear closed-toe shoes. Make sure to avoid manmade or synthetic materials, since this can trap moisture and lead to odour-related problems.

APPLY FOOT DEODORANT OR ANTI-PESPIRANT SPRAY

Deodorants can deal with the foul smell, stop incessant sweating, ​and​ protect your feet from bacteria.

SOAK AND DRY YOUR FEET

Foot soaks can work wonders; they can actually kill all sorts of parasites!

After drying your feet look in every nook and cranny! You should also make a point to keep your shoes as dry as possible.

WEAR APPROPRIATE SHOES

Getting shoes made out of natural materials (avoid plastic in particular!) is a simple yet effective solution ‒ this is because such substances allow some ‘breathing room’ for your feet.

USE POWDERS

Applying an anti-fungal foot powder can help absorb excess moisture. According to Doctor Stephen Weinberg, roll-on products are more effective than sprays.

If you don’t have such powders on hand, there are many alternatives you can use.

Want professional help?

Appointments are available at all clinical sites  *On-site diagnostic ultrasound is available at Earlsfield and Maidenhead clinical locations.

How to book:

Click the following link to schedule your consultation online 24/7:  BOOK ONLINE.  Alternatively, speak to our friendly booking team between 9am-5pm Monday-Saturday: 020 7164 6607

Insurance and Fee’s:

We accept most major private medical insurance companies including BUPA, Vitality, WPA, Cigna, AVIVA and Simply Health. A full list of our consultation fee’s including self-pay can be found here:  Insurance and Fee’s. Our Podiatry team are health care professional council registered, meaning they are required to maintain professional standards and continued professional development. As an organisation we have invested in the latest diagnostic technology in order to help our podiatry team, help you. We have onsite diagnostic ultrasound available at Maidenhead and Earlsfield clinics. Infra-red pressure analysis available at Maidenhead and Earlsfield clinics with treadmill examinations.

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Your shoes and foot pain!

Your shoes could be the culprit for your foot pain! Wearing shoes beyond their life span, the wrong style of shoe, or an incorrect shoe size can impact the health of your feet!

Keep in mind:

Your trainers may wear out after 400 or 500 miles of running or walking and no longer provide the support you need.

High heels and shoes without proper arches or support (like flip-flops) can damage your feet !

Your feet can change in size during your lifetime (even when you’re an adult) 👣

Consider purchasing new, well-fitting shoes to help your aching feet. Shoes that provide proper arches can give your feet new life. Also, wear shoes that work for whatever activity you’re engaging in. For example, wear trainers made for exercising when exercising.

Learn about in-shoe medical devices / orthoses to relieve foot pain:

Clinic locations:

Appointments are available at all clinical sites  *On-site diagnostic ultrasound is available at Earlsfield and Maidenhead clinical locations.

How to book:

Click the following link to schedule your consultation online 24/7:  BOOK ONLINE.  Alternatively, speak to our friendly booking team between 9am-5pm Monday-Saturday: 020 7164 6607

Insurance and Fee’s:

We accept most major private medical insurance companies including BUPA, Vitality, WPA, Cigna, AVIVA and Simply Health. A full list of our consultation fee’s including self-pay can be found here:  Insurance and Fee’s. Our Podiatry team are health care professional council registered, meaning they are required to maintain professional standards and continued professional development. As an organisation we have invested in the latest diagnostic technology in order to help our podiatry team, help you. We have onsite diagnostic ultrasound available at Maidenhead and Earlsfield clinics. Infra-red pressure analysis available at Maidenhead and Earlsfield clinics with treadmill examinations.

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Staff wearing PPE

What can cause plantar fascia pain?

Plantar fasciitis or plantar fascia pain is discomfort in the bottom of your heel. It stems from the plantar fascia which is a thick, weblike ligament that connects your heel to the front of your foot. The plantar fascia supports the arch of your foot and helps you walk. It’s a really easy structure to view under ultrasound.

How do I know if I have plantar fascia problems?

Unfortunately, this painful condition is one of the most common orthopedic complaints. This is often down to that fact that the plantar fascia ligaments experience a lot of wear and tear in your daily life – especially so if you’re more active or on your feet more than most. Normally, these ligaments act as shock absorbers, supporting the arch of the foot but too much pressure on your feet can damage or tear the ligaments. The plantar fascia becomes inflamed, and it’s the inflammation, degeneration of the tissue and microdamage that causes heel pain and stiffness.

The most common complaint of people with plantar fasciitis is pain on the bottom of the heel. Symptoms generally don’t come on overnight but instead, develop gradually over time. It usually impacts just one foot, but it can affect both feet. The type of pain people experience does very with some people describing a dull sensation at the heel and others experience a sharp pain. Additionally, some people will feel a burning or ache on the bottom of the foot extending outward from the heel.

Symptoms are generally present upon each step in the morning, or after you’ve been sitting or lying down for a little while. Climbing stairs can also be difficult due to heel stiffness. After prolonged activity, either from exercise or standing for a sustained period of time, the pain can flare up due to increased inflammation and overuse. More often than not, the pain isn’t felt during the activity but rather just after stopping or the following day.

Treatment Options:

Our experienced podiatry team will assess your foot during an initial consultation and provide you with an appropriate management plan which may include:

Learn more about Shockwave Therapy to resolve plantar fasciitis:

Clinic locations:

Appointments are available at all clinical sites  *On-site diagnostic ultrasound is available at Earlsfield and Maidenhead clinical locations.

How to book:

Click the following link to schedule your consultation online 24/7:  BOOK ONLINE.  Alternatively, speak to our friendly booking team between 9am-5pm Monday-Saturday: 020 7164 6607

Insurance and Fee’s:

We accept most major private medical insurance companies including BUPA, Vitality, WPA, Cigna, AVIVA and Simply Health. A full list of our consultation fee’s including self-pay can be found here:  Insurance and Fee’s. Our Podiatry team are health care professional council registered, meaning they are required to maintain professional standards and continued professional development. As an organisation we have invested in the latest diagnostic technology in order to help our podiatry team, help you. We have onsite diagnostic ultrasound available at Maidenhead and Earlsfield clinics. Infra-red pressure analysis available at Maidenhead and Earlsfield clinics with treadmill examinations.

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