PODIATRIC PATHOLOGIES

PLANTAR FASCIITE / HEEL SPUR

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Fasciite plantaire

Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the thick fibrous membrane that covers the underside of the foot of the heel bone to the base of the toes. The function of this membrane is to support the arch of the foot. Plantar fasciitis is a very common condition that can be caused by poor alignment of the foot (flat foot or hollow foot), prolonged standing, high intensity activity or weight gain. These factors will cause micro tears in the plantar fascia, thus creating the inflammatory process. Pain will usually be seen in the heel during early morning or after a rest period. This pain will tend to decrease gradually after a few minutes of walking. The fascia can even calcify, which can lead to a bony spine (heel spur syndrom).

SEVERAL TREATMENTS ARE POSSIBLE DEPENDING ON
THE SEVERITY OF THE problem :

  • Temporary adjustment of physical activities
  • Stretching and relaxing exercises
  • Manual Therapy
  • Prescription of dynamic plantar orthoses
  • Anti-inflammatory prescription
  • Cortisone infiltration

It is important to treat this problem as soon as the first symptoms appear to prevent plantar fasciitis from becoming chronic. Once the chronicity is installed, it will be much more difficult and time consuming to deal with this problem.

Clinique Podiatrique Kirkland