Our feet usually don’t get the attention they deserve until some problems become apparent. For most of us feet are usually taken for granted. However, your feet are for life, so it is important that you care for them to ensure they remain healthy.
Being active and doing some sports activity regularly it is not only good for your feet, but it is one of the best ways how to stay fit and healthy.
Being active is good for you. Sport activity such a walking or running improves your cardiovascular health, can help prevent some chronic diseases, also improve circulation in your feet and help the muscles and ligaments in your feet work more efficiently.
However, with increased sports activity, you can also increase the stress on your feet and sometimes problems such as heel pain may arise. The stress may be result from injury, the shape of your feet (high arches or flat foot) or feet that roll in too much. Walking or running on hard surfaces, wearing improper footwear or being overweight are also some of the other reasons that may contribute to heel pain.
Many people come to podiatrist simply with “heel pain”. Heel pain is a general term used to describe pain experienced under the heel. In most cases the pain is caused by some form of mechanical injury but can also be caused by lower back problems or inflammatory joint conditions.
One of the most common causes of heel pain podiatrist treat is Plantar fasciitis. Damage to the plantar fascia (band) which connects the heel bone to the base of the toes. This condition can be caused in numerous ways including extensive running, walking or standing for long periods of time. Ill-fitting footwear with poor support, being overweight, overuse, as well as tight calf muscles can also lead to this condition.
Many people with Plantar fasciitis ignore the symptoms at the beginning. But sharp, stabbing/burning pain on the inside part of the bottom of the heel, usually with their first steps out of the bed in the morning, which after few steps reduces and usually reappear after long periods of standing or after getting up from sitting position, could affect their quality of life.
Treatment of Plantar Fasciitis can take many forms, from resting your foot as much as possible, stretching exercises and deep-tissue massage to steroid injections and even medication or surgery. In some cases, padding and strapping is applied to modify the direction of stretch of the ligament to ease symptoms in the short term.
However, for the long term relieve, custom made orthoses can be prescribed to help the feet to function more efficiently and help from recurrence of symptoms.
At Castle Hill Medical Centre our podiatrist will be able after closer examination to recommend the best treatment for you. If you require custom made orthotics, we will design them specifically for your own needs, using latest technique of 3D scan to achieve the best result as possible.
Think about the important role your feet play in your daily life and how hard they must work each time you take a step. Your feet help you move, and they are the foundation of your body, which means keeping your feet healthy can help keep you healthy.
If you develop any of symptoms mentioned above, please do not hesitate and come to see one of our podiatrists at Castle Hill Medical Centre and they will be happy to help you on your way to a pain free.
About the author
Svetla Wilmott is one of the podiatrists at the Castle Hill Medical Centre and also work as a podiatrist for Castle Hill Podiatry. Svetla graduated from Newcastle University with Bachelor of Podiatry. Prior to specializing in Podiatry, Svetla spend over a decade working as a physiotherapist in her home country.