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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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.
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.
There is no single cause for Plantar fasciitis. Some of the factors that make it more likely to develop are;
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.
Benign conditions that can be treated with radiotherapy include: