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What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is a major cause of heel pain, it is an inflammation of the plantar fascia, a strong band of tissue that stretches from your heel to your middle foot which acts as a shock-absorber and also supports the arch of the foot.

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Plantar Fasciitis Disease

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The Effect of Plantar Fasciitis Disease

Around one in ten people will get plantar fasciitis at some point in their life. It is common in those aged between 40 and 60 years of age and is twice as common in women as it is in men. It is also common in athletes.

Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis

The disease causes heel pain, which in turn can cause people to suffer and struggle through everyday life. Most people start to develop a pain on the bottom of their heel as if it has been bruised. This pain can sometimes progress to a stage where it is present all the time, even at rest.

In the first instance, it is worth trying general measures to reduce pain. Avoid direct pressure on the heel by using soft inner soles, padding or even custom orthotics. If the pain has not resolved for at least six months, contact Dr Shaffer to seek further treatment.

People experiencing one or more of the following symptoms should book an appointment to see Dr Shaffer.

  1. Pain around the heel of the foot.
  2. Tender or painful when walking or running.
  3. Symptoms not getting better after 6 – 12 months.

Possible Causes of Plantar Fasciitis

There is no single cause for Plantar fasciitis. Some of the factors that make it more likely to develop are;

  • Exercising on a hard surface – for example, running on the road instead of a track.
  • Wearing high heels.
  • A tight Achilles tendon – reduces your ability to flex the ankle and may make you more likely to damage the plantar fascia.
  • Being overweight – this puts extra strain on the heel.

Getting Treatment for Plantar Fasciitis

People suffering from plantar fasciitis experience pain in the heel of the foot. This pain can make running or even walking painful.

Radiotherapy is used as a treatment for this condition because of its anti-inflammatory effect. It can significantly reduce heel pain and allow patients to walk and run again without pain.*

*Please note that results may vary for different people.

Other Conditions We Treat

Benign conditions that can be treated with radiotherapy include:

  • Dupuytren’s Disease – This is very similar to Ledderhose disease, but affects the hands. Generally, people get lumps in the palms of their hand. Strong cords then form along the connective tissue of the hand and fingers causing the fingers to bend towards the palm and unable to straighten.
  • Ledderhose Disease – This is very similar to Dupuytren’s contracture but affects the feet. Generally, people get lumps but no contracture. However, as the disease progresses, these lumps can be tender and are often painful.

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