The fascia is a term for a band of fibrous tissue connecting the heel bone to the toes. Plantar fasciitis is therefore an inflammation of the fascia which can, amongst other things, be caused by exercise, biomechanical issues, a localised injury or excessive use of the feet. Plantar fasciitis is most often characterized by a sharp pain in the heel of the arch of the foot. The symptoms of plantar fasciitis present themselves mainly in the morning, after a prolonged period of rest or at the end of the day during a period of exhaustion. It is vital therefore to treat it in order to prevent more significant chronic conditions from developing.
Our clinic offers treatments that are specially adapted to plantar fasciitis such as wearing made-to-measure plantar orthotics, laser therapy, cortisone injection, a prescription of anti-inflammatories, etc. Often combined with a number of exercises, these treatments will ease and prevent plantar fasciitis. Make an appointment now to find out which treatment is best for you!
Heel spur syndrome (Lenoir’s thorn)
Heel spur syndrome, or Lenoir’s thorn, is the result of a calcification of the fascia under the heel bone. A heel spur usually occurs when the facia is excessively stressed, placing stress on the bone in question.
Heels spur syndrome itself is not painful but they can provoke plantar fasciitis in those who are more liable to suffer from it. Inflammation of tissue around the heel spur can however cause significant foot pain.
Heel spur syndrome is also a permanent condition, meaning that it will never completely disappear. Foot pain related to this condition can be relieved by treatments similar to those used in case of plantar fasciitis.
Hallux valgus, better known as a bunion, consists of a deformation of the foot caused by the deviation of the first metatarsal and the deviation of the big toe. Hallux valgus can be observed in the form of a protuberance on the inside of the foot and can be accompanied by redness, irritation and inflammation. Hallux valgus can develop slowly and is often caused by a biomechanical imbalance of the feet, but it can also be a hereditary condition or can be the result of other factors such as wearing bad shoes.
There are numerous treatments designed to prevent and reduce the pain caused by hallux valgus. Make an appointment at our clinic today and ask your podiatrist for more information about the treatments available to you.
Morton’s neuroma is an inflammation of the nerves of the forefoot between the toes. A little known condition, Morton’s neuroma can be found amongst those who have a burning or electrical shock sensation in their forefoot or toes. Symptoms include the feeling of walking on a bent foot[sE1] and a tingling or numbness in the toes. Morton’s neuroma is a condition that often occurs in people with a wide forefoot, a biomechanical imbalance or whose shoes are too tight.
As this may affect walking or carrying out daily and physical activities, it is important to not neglect the treatment of Morton’s neuroma, in which case the pain may become more pronounced.
Tendons are the bands of fibrous tissue connecting bone to muscles. Tendonitis involves the inflammation of these tissues.
The development of tendonitis in the lower limbs is often caused by a short Achilles tendon, as well as excessive sport of physical activity causing strong stress to the feet.
Several effective treatments against tendonitis are available to prevent the resultant foot pain. See your podiatrist as soon as possible for an evaluation and a prescription for an appropriate treatment.