Ankle & Heel Pain Cottesloe
There are a number of conditions that are broadly classified as heel pain or ankle pain. Once we have accurately diagnosed your specific condition, and understand the cause of it, your podiatrist can then work out a treatment plan specifically for you. We have a multitude of treatment options available which allows us to treat people from all walks of life. At The Foot Clinic we treat your feet as the foundations of your posture, and creating strong postural foundations is vital for optimising your movement and performance. At The Foot Clinic, we're also about giving you an outstanding service, in a friendly and caring environment.
Causes of Heel Pain
Heel pain can be caused by a number of conditions; the most common being Plantar Fasciitis. Your plantar fascia is a band of tissue between your heel and the ball of your foot. When the tissue is strained or overused, small tears can occur and the tissue gets inflamed. This is when you would feel pain along the arch or heel of your foot, with people describing the first step after rest being the worst. The risk of Plantar Fasciitis is higher if you are an athlete, pregnant, obese or suffering from flat feet/poor biomechanics.
Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy
Shockwave therapy is a highly effective treatment for long-standing heel pain and can be an alternative to surgery.
Thor Laser Therapy
Thor Laser Therapy uses infrared light, to trigger healing at the cellular level in your body. Officially called Thor Low Level Laser Therapy or LLLT, the therapy is ideal for joint and tendon problems.
If you suffer from any of these
common foot conditions,
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at the Foot Clinic.
Achilles Tendinopathy is another cause of heel pain or ankle pain. When a tendon is ruptured, inflamed, or starts showing signs of degeneration, you will feel pain just above the back of you heel or in your lower leg. If your Achilles tendon is hurt, we recommend that you see your podiatrist as soon as possible to get a diagnosis. At The Foot Clinic we have helped many patients with this type of heel pain, including athletes and the elderly.
Sever's Disease is also a potential cause of heel pain, and is typical in children going through a growth spurt. Children between 8 and 15 can put excessive force on the "growth plate", before it has totally hardened around the age of 15. That excessive force can cause an inflammation and heel pain. It would usually disappear after the age of 15, and your podiatrist can help your child with the choice of proper footwear for sports. With heel pain caused by Sever's Disease we would also check for flat or high arches, and for leg length discrepancies.
Another typical cause of ankle pain is an ankle sprain. If you feel pain, and notice swelling around the ankle, then we recommend to have the problem diagnosed at The Foot Clinic. An ankle sprain can range from mild to severe pain and can sometimes have a fracture in the bone. Once our team has assessed your ankle sprain, we will propose the right treatment plan for the best possible recovery.
Treatment for Heel Pain
Your treatment will be supported by our biomechanical examination and a clear diagnosis. When we work out a treatment plan, the goal is always to reduce the pain and discomfort, and to return to the best possible function, so you can live an active lifestyle. At The Foot Clinic, we use the latest innovative technology to treat heel pain and for other podiatry treatments. Low level laser therapy for example, helps improve tissue repair. This is how we reduce inflammation, reducing the pain and stimulating the natural healing process.
Why Choose The Foot Clinic
We are a team of experienced podiatrists, and are very passionate about fixing feet. We have helped numerous patients, including athletes, and we keep improving our service levels and expertise. That's also why we are committed to further education at The Foot Clinic, and to introduce the latest available technology.
So if you experience heel pain or ankle pain, book an appointment today!