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Plantar Heel Pain

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What is Plantar Heel Pain?

Plantar heel pain, also known as plantar fasciitis, is a common condition that affects many people. It has been found to account for an estimated 11–15% of all foot complaints requiring professional care in adults. This condition is characterized by pain in the heel of the foot, which can be debilitating and impact daily activities. Physiotherapy can be an effective treatment option, offering many benefits for those experiencing pain.

How Can Physiotherapy Help?

Here are some of the benefits of physiotherapy for plantar heel pain:

1. Pain relief: One of the primary goals of physiotherapy is to reduce pain. Physiotherapists can use a variety of techniques, such as manual therapy, stretching, and strengthening exercises, to help alleviate pain.

2. Improved mobility: This condition can make it difficult to move and perform daily activities. Physiotherapy can help improve mobility by reducing stiffness and increasing flexibility in the foot and ankle.

3. Strengthening: Weakness in the muscles of the foot and ankle can contribute to this problem. Physiotherapy can help strengthen these muscles, reducing stress on the plantar fascia and improving overall foot function.

4. Customised treatment: Every individual is unique, and physiotherapy offers customised treatment plans to address specific needs. Physiotherapists can tailor exercises and techniques to each patient’s condition, helping to improve outcomes and reduce the risk of recurrence.

5. Education: In addition to hands-on treatment, physiotherapists can provide education on how to manage this pain, including advice on footwear, activity modification, and self-management techniques.

6. Prevention: Once plantar heel pain has been successfully treated, physiotherapy can help prevent it from returning. Through exercises and education, physiotherapy can help patients maintain foot and ankle strength and flexibility, reducing the risk of future injury.

In summary, physiotherapy offers many benefits for those who suffer from plantar heel pain. With a customised treatment plan, patients can reduce pain, improve mobility, and prevent recurrence of this common condition. If you are experiencing this type of pain, book an appointment with one of our physiotherapists to help you get back on your feet.

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