Plantar Fasciitis (Heel Pain)


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What is Plantar Fasciitis (Heel pain) ?

Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of a sore heel

Plantar fasciitis (also known as Plantar Fasciiosis, Heel spurs or “Policeman’s heel”)  involves pain at the insertion of the plantar fascia on the medial calcaneal tubercle.

When you have this problem  you will typically have a sore heel and  pain when first getting out of bed which reduces slightly with initial walking and then returns again with extended walking.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

The plantar fascia is a long rope like structure that supports the arch of the foot. Plantar Fasciitis involves chronic degeneration at the insertion of the plantar fascia.

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Certain factors are though to increase the risk for the development of plantar fasciitis including:

  • Non- Supportive footwear
  • Flat arched feet
  • High arched feet
  • Sudden increase in activity
  • Trauma
  • Being overweight
  • Hormone problems (Reduced Thyroid function, Menopause)
  • Connective tissue disorders (Rheumatoid arthritis)


Diagnosis of Plantar Fasciitis

Diagnosis is generally made with specific signs and symptoms – when the pain occurs and the location.

At the Ankle, Foot and Orthotic Centre we are able to provide additional information about the presence of plantar fasciitis with ultrasound imaging. Typically someone with plantar fasciitis will have a thicker insertion shown in the picture below.


Normal width of the right sided plantar fascia Thickened left sided plantar fascia




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Treatment of Plantar Fasciitis

Treatment aims to reduce the disorganisation of the connective tissue and offload the painful heel.

Treatment options that we provide include:



The Ankle, Foot and Orthotic Centre’s Northcote Podiatrists can help you with all lower limb complaints, including Plantar Fasciitis. Make an appointment to get your foot and ankle pain under control.

Expert Podiatrists for the treatment of Plantar fasciitis servicing the areas of Northcote, Thornbury, Fitzroy, North Fitzroy, Carlton, North Carlton, Alphington, Fairfield, Brunswick, Coburg and Preston

Call The Ankle and Foot Centre in Northcote for further advice on professional management and treatment options.