The Plantar Fascia is a thick and fibrous connective tissue that extends from your calcaneus (heel bone), and runs along the sole of your foot. Plantar fasciitis occurs when this tissue becomes inflamed, causing pain under the heel or sole of the foot. Sometimes there may also be a bone spur present. The pain is often worse in the morning, or with the first few steps after prolonged sitting. It usually eases with walking.
Overuse may contribute to the pain, as well as foot biomechanics, a change in footwear, or exercise loads.
If you think you are suffering from plantar fasciitis, a full assessment and treatment by a physiotherapist is essential. Most plantar fasciitis will settle with appropriate management. For stubborn pain, we may be able to provide alternative options.
To help get you started, here are a few tips to help settle things in the short term:
For further advice, or to book an appointment contact us today.
Melbourne Sports & Spinal Physiotherapy would like to wish all our patients, families and friends a very Merry Christmas and a safe & happy New Year. Thank you to all our patients for their support in 2017. On behalf of the team we would like to wish you all a healthy and injury-free 2018. We look forward to a bigger and better year ahead!
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The use of smart phones, tablets and laptops for extended periods of time can have a detrimental affect posture.
Physiotherapists are seeing an increasing number of injuries due to poor posture, sedentary lifestyles and increased use of technology. People are spending an average of two to four hours a day with their heads down reading , or using devices.
Putting the body in sustained postures for extended periods of time puts excess strain on the muscles and joints of the neck and back. These increased stresses can contribute to neck pain, headaches and early degeneration, with office workers and students most at risk. Physiotherapists can help treat, manage and prevent postural injuries via manual therapy, specific postural exercises and ergonomic advice.
Basic tips you can use to reduce postural pain whilst using a computer or device:
1. Avoid prolonged use of your device. Take breaks every 45mins-1hour, moving away from the screen. Some simple neck stretches or exercises as guided by your physiotherapist can be useful.
2. Ensure you have optimal and ergonomic posture whilst using your computer or device. Our physiotherapists can provide desk and postural assessments to assist with this. You may also consider a standing desk for prolonged computer use.
If you are spending prolonged periods of time in front of a computer or using handheld devices, or would like some further advice contact us today for more information on how to treat and prevent postural injuries.
Pain commonly occurs due to age, trauma, or osteoarthritis, and may be due to joint or soft tissue pathology. In younger people, pain most commonly occurs due to trauma such as a sports injury. This type of injury can affect bones or soft tissues, and includes injuries such as fractures or ligament/muscles sprains and strains. In older people, the most common cause of pain is osteoarthritis and often affects joints such as the knees and hips.
Whilst is it common, joint pain is not always related to an injury, overuse or illness. Often if pain persists long term and is unexplained, the less likely there is to be actual tissue damage. That is, pain does not always equate to damage; a common misconception.
If you are suffering from an acute or chronic injury, including osteoarthritis, traumatic injuries or overuse injuries we can help!
Melbourne Sports & Spinal Physiotherapy will provide a thorough assessment of your injury and provide you with a management plan to get you back on track, not matter whether you have an old or new injury. Original article source.
Want $20 off your next appointment? To celebrate the beginning of spring, and World Physiotherapy Day on 8th September, Melbourne Sports & Spinal Physiotherapy is offering $20 OFF all physiotherapy appointments for the month of September. This offer is available to all patients; new and existing, who mention this offer at the time of booking.
* Limit of one per customer, Must be mentioned at time of booking, cannot be redeemed for cash
* Must be redeemed within month of September 2017
August is Tradies Health Month. Trades people make up only 31 percent of the Australia workforce, however they make up almost 58% of claims for workers compensation based on worksafe statistics.
Tradespeople such as Builders, plumbers, electricians and painters can suffer from various injuries include back and neck pain, overuse injuries and acute injuries such as knee pain.
With appropriate assessment and treatment via physiotherapy, injuries can be managed as well as prevented. If you are a trade and suffering from an injury, take control of your health and contact us today.
Suffering from back pain? HIF have produced a great article discussing one of the most common injuries; back pain.
This article discusses why so many people suffer from back pain, how we can reduce our risk, and some tips on how to manage it. Research suggests that physiotherapy including manual therapy, exercise prescription, postural advice, lifting technique and education can help in the management of lower back pain.
The full article is a great summary of back pain, and is available on the HIF website.
A recent article has highlighted that home based rehabilitation is just as effective as inpatient hospital rehabilitation.
Whilst recovery at a rehabilitation hospital can be effective (and in some cases is necessary), commonly patients recover just as well when in their own environments at home.
This has shown to be the case particularly for joint replacements such as hip or knee replacements. Mobile physiotherapy means that patients who are safe to return home after their surgery can do so, without needing to spend time in a rehabilitation facility.
Our physiotherapists can visit you in your own home, providing the same level of physiotherapy care as you would receive in a rehab facility. "The Australian" newspaper recently published an article stating that "inpatient rehab for knee operations is no better than recovery at home" - to read the full article click here.
Tasker, S 2017, 'Inpatient rehab for knee operations is no better than recovery at home', The Australian, 15 March.