Heel Pain Plantar Fasciitis

5 tips to treat heel pain

Are you one of the 48% of Australians that wakes up with heel pain once a week? 

If heel pain is impacting how you move, how you feel, and how you live, then it’s time to get help from My FootDr.

Heel pain, often caused by plantar fasciitis, is a common condition that can cause severe pain at the bottom and inside of the heel. This pain may radiate up into the arch, and indicates that there is some damage to, and subsequent inflammation of, the long band of tissue under the foot known as the plantar fascia.

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Preventing running injuries

Healthy woman runningRunning has one of the largest participation rates in Australia, with over 3 million people participating in recreational running annually [1]. This is an increase of almost 2.5x from a 2006 survey conducted by Sports Medicine Australia [2], and with the recent COVID-related temporary closures of gyms and other recreational facilities seeing more people taking to the streets to meet their exercise needs, running seems to only be gaining popularity.

It’s no surprise really – running is affordable, accessible at any time, social, has proven psychological and health benefits, and the only barrier to starting is a pair of shoes and perhaps some timely weather. Unfortunately, up to 70% of recreational and competitive runners suffer from an injury in any 12-month period [2]. Our podiatry team here at My FootDr works extensively with runners to help them optimise their performance and maximise their recovery from injury, today we’re sharing the top ten running injuries, how they’re caused and when you should seek help.

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You’re up early on your feet, making breakfast and packing lunches. You’re always running around, picking up toys and walking their dog. When everything is said and done – you’re their hero, and here at My FootDr, you’re ours too, mum!

While having a little one to care for seems to amplify physical activity ten-fold for mums and dads alike, differences in our bodies can make women more vulnerable to developing a number of pains and problems. Today, we’re sharing four common foot problems we see in mums, why they occur more frequently, and what can be done to help.

If you have barely enough time to sit down, let alone read this article, scroll down to the TLDR (too long, didn’t read) sections at the bottom of every foot problem for a quick summary.


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There’s no better feeling than finally taking off those high heels after a long day or night on your feet – are we right? For many women, wearing high heels epitomises the expression, ‘beauty is pain’. They can be uncomfortable, unstable, can rub in all the wrong places and cause far too many ‘ouch! moments. 


As podiatrists that are dedicated to caring for your foot health, we thought we’d help by sharing seven ways that you can feel more comfortable in your high heels – starting today. 

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