Plantarfascia pain (or bottom of the foot pain) is a very frustrating and painful problem for many individuals. Individuals typically report to experience pain along the arch of the foot and it usually presents as pain as soon as weight bearing first thing in the morning. It may improve with movement and either ease off or be further aggravated by walking on certain ground or floor surfaces or when wearing particular shoes. It is usually an overuse related complaint. For those who have experienced plantfascia foot pain for greater than 3 months, it will often be called chronic.
Osteopaths at Principle Four Osteopathy will often adopt the following treatment and management strategies when working with clients with plantarfascia pain:
- Manual therapy to the foot, ankle and higher up the kinetic chain to address joint restrictions and soft tissue tightness. Click here to read more about osteopathy.
- Shockwave therapy for those dealing with chronic plantarfascia pain. Click here to read more.
- Advice on pain management that includes self help techniques, over the counter medication, activity avoidance or modification.
- Prescription of exercises that includes stretching and strengthening exercises to the the lower limb muscles and further up the kinetic chain.
- Referral to a podiatrist for a review of foot mechanics and footwear if required.
- Referral to a sports medical practitioner for imaging, pain medication and further interventions if required.
If you are currently dealing with foot pain and would like to start addressing this complaint and getting back to your normal self, then make sure you book into see one of our osteopaths at the clinic. Principle Four Osteopathy is located in the heart of the Melbourne City CBD 3000 at 178 Collins St Melbourne. Appointments can be made by calling 0396709290 or booking online via the link below.