Issues with the lower extremities can have severe effects on the quality of our lives. If you’re looking for a clinic that offers help including shockwave therapy for heel pain treatment in Singapore, you have come to the right place. Heel pain may not only be caused by plantar fasciitis or heel spur syndrome; there are many conditions which may affect the heel, and an experienced podiatrist can give you a proper diagnosis.
There are many conditions which can cause heel pain, but the most commonly seen condition is plantar fasciitis.
Plantar Fasciitis is a painful condition caused by overuse of the plantar fascia, a band of connective tissue which helps give the foot arch its shape. The plantar fascia resembles a broad, thick band which extends from under the heel to the ball of the foot. It is indispensable in foot function.
Most often, Plantar Fasciitis happens when the plantar fascia is overloaded, for example due to flat feet. Micro-tears occur in the plantar fascia. After some time, this leads to inflammation and then degeneration of the fascia where it attaches to the heel bone (calcaneus).
A podiatrist not only treats the symptoms of plantar fasciitis but will also address the underlying cause, helping to prevent recurrence. Treatment options may include the following:
At East Coast Podiatry Centre, we will do a comprehensive assessment to give you a proper diagnosis for your heel pain. We will also advise and tailor your treatment plan according to your condition.
If you ignore your heel pain and no treatment is sought, the condition may become chronic after a few months. It will become difficult to treat, and surgery may be required. Therefore, do not delay in visiting a podiatrist if you have heel pain. Ignoring it is not beneficial for your health and your feet in the long run.
Editor: Principal Podiatrist Michael LAI