Do I have Heel Pain? Or Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar Fasciitis, Heel Pain or pain from Heel Spurs is one of the most common complaint we see at the clinic.

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What is the plantar fascia?

The plantar fascia is the long thin band of tissue that runs from the heel bone into the ball of the foot.

What is plantar fasciitis?

Plantar Fasciitis basically means an inflammation of the plantar fascia, usually caused by a tearing in the plantar fascia and the body is trying to heal the damage.

Why does my heel hurt?

When the foot is misaligned then the muscles and tissues inserting into the heel are straining and tearing, it is like the plantar fascia is trying to tear itself out of the heel bone.

​Pain usually comes first thing in the morning, or after resting for a period of time and then getting up.

What Are Heel Spurs?

Heel Spur Treatment Gold Coast

A spur develops when the tissues are trying to tear themselves out of the bone and the body is trying to hold onto them by laying down a bony spur. The more tearing, the bigger the spur.

The spur itself is not painful. The painful part is the tissues tearing out of the bone and the body building up the spur.


What is Sever’s Disease?

severs disease treatmentChildren with heel pain are often given the diagnosis Sever’s disease.

The pain usually intensifies with high impact activities, like sports, and decreases with rest.

Sever’s is not an actual disease, but a misalignment of the joints causing the growth plate in the heel to tear.

Your Hip To Toe Podiatrist and Physiotherapists has effectively treated hundreds of children, getting them back to sports without heel pain and without orthotics.

Why does an x-ray help?

Heel Pain Podiatry Gold CoastX-rays are an essential way to see the internal alignment of the joints.

The foot is a 3 dimensional object and so we need to look at it 3 dimensionally rather than focusing on one aspect, for instance the height of the arch.

When the foot is out of alignment in one place it is often out of alignment in other places. This causes tearing and straining of the tissues, which leads to pain.

​This is an extreme example of a foot that is in the wrong position. Looking at this foot it is obvious that there are problems.

What can be done about Plantar Fasciitis, Heel Pain and Heel Spurs?

When the joints have shifted out of position this causes strain on the muscles and tissues.

By moving the joints into better positions we can reduce the strain, reduce the tearing, reduce the spur building, and reduce the pain.

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What you NEED To Know About Heel Pain

1. It will NOT go away by itself

This is a common misconception. While rest and reducing activities can help, this condition does not usually self correct.

When the foot is out of alignment and causing the tissues to tear then your podiatrist can identify and correct the alignment.

2. What you can do immediately

Rolling your foot back and forth on a frozen water bottle for 15 minutes can give temporary relief, by reducing the inflammation. However, it will not “FIX” the problem.

There are a number of podiatry exercises that your Gold Coast Podiatrist and Physiotherapist can give you to help with this condition.

3. Orthotics 

Some people are given orthotics at a podiatry clinic to help with this condition. However, at Hip To Toe, we prefer to realign the joints internally rather than rely on an orthotic device.

4. Shoes vs Barefoot

Good quality, supportive shoes can help because they offer external support. When we are barefoot on hard surfaces such as concrete or tiles, this can be very damaging to the feet. Our feet were not designed to walk barefoot on concrete so shoes help in this situation. Your podiatrist can advise on footwear at your appointment. 

5. Gold Coast Beaches

On the Gold Coast we like to walk barefoot on the beach. However, walking barefoot on the sand can be a problem. If the foot is rolling too much then walking barefoot will allow the foot to roll even more. Our aim is to get you walking barefoot on the beautiful Gold Coast beaches pain free.  

You don’t have to live with Heel Pain!

Everyday our Podiatrists and Physiotherapists see misaligned joints causing heel pain.

Our podiatry treatment has helped our clients get out of bed pain free without orthotics.

Our clients are able to walk barefoot and in high heels because their feet are working more efficiently.

Call 07 5571 7329 to see if we can stop your Heel Pain

Frequently Asked Questions

What Do You Do?

We work to get people out of pain, out of orthotics and keep them away from surgery.

We realign subluxed joints in the foot and lower limb with a system known as MME (Mobilisations, Manipulations and Exercises).

The Mobilisations and Manipulations (which are called adjustments) are done in clinic by your structural practitioner. The corrective exercises are done by the client at home.

How Many Adjustments Will I Need?

Every client is different and everyone will respond differently to treatment.

Some clients come to me after being in pain for 50 years, while other clients come after being in pain for only a couple of weeks.

 These are just a few of the many factors that will influence how you respond to treatment:

  • the amount of time you have been in pain
  • the different treatments you have tried
  • the nature of your work
  • the sports you participate in
  • your home and family life

How Long Before The Pain Stops?

Some clients are pain-free within a few adjustments and for other clients it is a gradual improvement over time.

Clients that get the best results are those who do all of their corrective exercises as prescribed.

By doing your prescribed exercises you will give your body the best chance to heal, which will reduce the pain.

Do I Have To Keep Doing Adjustments After The Pain Stops?

Pain is the body’s way of indicating something is wrong. Pain usually comes after damage has been occurring for a long time.

Rather than only treating pain, it makes more sense to ensure the joints are always the best they can be so that you can participate in your activities without pain.

It is the same as going to your dentist for a check-up or taking your car to a mechanic for a service. It is always better to do maintenance.

After I have realigned the joints I work out a maintenance pathway to ensure you are able to carry on with your activities to the best of your abilities and pain free.

Do You Treat Everyone The Same?

Everyone is different. They have different problems, symptoms, and subluxations.

Each client is treated individually. They are given different adjustments, and their exercise program is specifically tailored for them.

By carrying out a treatment regime of MME (Mobilisation, Manipulation, and Exercises) we are able to realign the joints in the feet and lower limb, which in time can reduce the symptoms.

Why Has No One Told Me This Before?

This is probably the question I get asked most frequently.

There are a number of reasons why no one has told you this before. Depending on who you see, will determine the information you receive.

Most practitioners treat the pain people come in with rather than looking for the underlying cause. So if you go to a practitioner seeking relief from your knee pain or hip pain then they will usually investigate the knee or hip, without looking at the feet.

GPs know about a vast number of things, but they cannot specialise in all of them. GPs do not understand the structure of the lower limb in the way that a structural podiatrist does. However, GP’s usually refer their patients to other practitioners who can help them.

By visiting a practitioner who understands the need to look for the root cause of the problem you give yourself the best chance of success.

Can You Treat Me Even At My Age?

I treat all ages from 5 to 85. However, the way I treat a 5 year old is very different to the way I treat an 85 year old.

Can I Get Freedom From Orthotics?

Many of my clients come to me after they have been fitted for orthotics that do not work.

By treating the cause of the problems, and realigning the joints in the feet, it is possible to get people out of orthotics completely.

Why Don’t You Use Orthotics?

An orthotic is an external device.

Instead of using an external device to realign the feet, we realign the joints internally through MME (mobilisation, manipulation, and exercises).

My Whole Family Has Bunions, Will I Get Them?

While we do inherit our parents genetics that does not mean we will inherit their bunions.

Bunions are a structural problem caused by the big toe being unable to move up and down properly.

Rather than resigning yourself to the idea that you will get bunions, it makes more sense to get your alignment checked by a structural podiatrist who can realign the joints and get the big toe to function better.

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