Our plantar fasciitis treatment results are different because our approach is different. Our musculoskeletal experts have developed a complete treatment approach over the past 15 years to get real results. If you have plantar fasciitis, you’ve effectively got a repetitive strain injury. While orthotics may help to support your foot in some cases, treating your injured muscles and tendons is key to long term resolution. This is what we do best.
Our main goal is to correct the function of your foot with non-surgical and non-invasive methods. We restore flexibility, circulation and function to the muscles of the foot and leg. These are ultimately responsible for protecting your plantar fascia.
We use a mix of techniques, tools and exercises to correct the root cause of your foot pain, not just plantar fasciitis. We’ve found this approach gives you the best chance of a lasting recovery.
Our treatment restores flexibility of key muscles
Our first course of action is to restore the flexibility and suppleness of your plantar fascia, foot and calve muscles. Our experienced Active Release Technique ® providers are skilled at finding the exact spots causing your pain. Active Release is considered the gold standard in soft tissue therapy. It’s effective for overuse injuries like plantar fasciitis because it physically removes the resulting build up of scar tissue. It’s new, different and it works.
Chronic plantar fasciitis treatment
If your problem is reoccurring or long lasting, combining Active Release therapy with Shock Wave Therapy is often necessary. Shock Wave Therapy stimulates your body’s natural healing process to repair and regenerate damaged tendons or muscles.
Our Shock Wave Therapy service uses a state-of-the-art Swiss made machine to send sound waves through your tissues (not electrical pulses). This improves your circulation, stimulates blood vessel growth and helps repair any tissue degeneration. Research shows plantar fasciitis treatment with Shock Wave Therapy can have up to a 90% success rate.
Custom designed orthotics
In some cases, a person’s foot can no longer keep up with the rigors of daily living. In these cases, we work with City Feet Clinic to custom design an orthotic to correct these problems.
What plantar fasciitis exercises or stretches are helpful?
There are a number of specific exercises that may help with plantar fasciitis relief. With our in-clinic Move Smart exercise program, our musculoskeletal experts coach you through a series of exercises. These exercises are designed to help support our plantar fasciitis treatment.
The following plantar fasciitis exercises may provide some relief:
- Stretching your toes back before you put your foot down in the morning after waking. This will help warm up the tendon.
- Alternatively, rub a ball down the bottom of your foot and stretch your calves.
How many sessions does plantar fasciitis treatment involve?
Our plantar fasciitis treatment typically involves 6-8 sessions. This is necessary to determine your improvement with manual therapy.
It’s important not to ignore plantar fasciitis. If left untreated, plantar fasciitis can result in chronic heel pain. This is likely to affect your regular activities.
You may also find yourself changing your walking pattern to reduce heel pain. This can have other adverse effects on your body. By placing extra stress on other parts of your body, you may develop further foot, knee, hip or back pain.
Plantar Fasciitis Symptoms
Plantar fasciitis is foot pain caused by inflammation of your plantar fascia. Symptoms of plantar fasciitis typically start with heel pain. Your plantar fascia is a thick band running under your foot from your heel bone to your toes. It acts as a shock absorber for your feet and supports the arch on the bottom (plantar side) of your foot.
You may find your heel pain symptoms:
- Vary from mild to excruciating
- Are worse in the morning shortly after waking up
- Occur when going up steps
- Can be triggered by long periods of sitting or standing
What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis typically affects people aged 40 to 60. However, certain triggers may lead to an earlier onset of the condition.
- Some activities putting a lot of stress on your heel and connected tissue. You’re more prone if you have tight calf muscles too. Example activities include ballet and long-distance running.
- Faulty foot mechanics. You can create extra stress on your plantar fascia if you have a high arch or are flat-footed. Sometimes even the way you walk can contribute to plantar fasciitis.
- Poorly supported shoes with little arch support.
- If you tear or overstretch your plantar fascia.
- Being overweight as excess body weight places extra stress on your plantar fascia.
- Your work involves long periods of time on your feet. This is exacerbated if your work involves standing on hard surfaces too. For example teachers and factory workers.
We’ve delivered over 1,000 treatments for plantar fasciitis. Visit us for the latest in plantar fasciitis treatment. We are a premier musculoskeletal treatment center located on George Street, opposite Wynyard station in the central Sydney CBD.