Do you wake up with a sharp pain in your heel, arch or foot? Does your first step in the morning hurt? You may have plantar fasciitis.
Foot, arch or heel pain isn’t something that disappears overnight (which is probably why you’re reading this). You may be waking up with one of the most common causes of foot and heel pain in adults – plantar fasciitis.
Plantar fasciitis or ‘heel spur syndrome’, is a condition that causes severe pain under the heel bone (read about this condition here).
Yes, you may experience less pain some mornings over others, and sometimes it only hurts when you wake up and take that first step. You may even experience foot or heel pain after you’ve been sitting down for a while.
Making a diagnosis isn’t as simple as googling your symptoms. Your foot is made up of many small bones, muscle ligaments, tendons and other body tissue. This means conditions affecting the foot can be difficult to pinpoint and diagnose without professional help.
How do I treat my foot or heel pain?
Diagnosing this condition must be done with the help of a Podiatrist.
When you visit our Podiatrists, we take a detailed history, perform a physical assessment, use video walking analysis and take a 3D foot scan to find out what’s causing the pain.
Once the cause is identified, the Podiatrist will develop a treatment plan just for you. It might be as simple as them recommending a change in your footwear or some simple exercises.
One of the best treatments to this problem is custom-made orthotics. These shoe inserts are prescribed just for you and your condition. But remember, custom-made orthotics (not those shoe inserts you find on the end of the supermarket isle!) ensure the best medical results.
By getting the help you need, soon you can spring out of bed (incentivised by coffee) and enjoy a pain-free day!