Both Fallen Arches and Plantar Fasciitis are commonly mistaken for another condition known as a Heel Spur , which is an excessive growth of the heel bone.
This spurring of the heel bone, known as the Calcaneus , is often associated with Plantar Fasciitis, ie the two conditions are often present together.
To rule out other foot conditions, both a thorough patient history and a physical examination of the area need to be conducted. At Gordon Physiotherapy Sports and Spinal we will order an X-ray (usually on both feet) if the findings of your physical examination suggest Heel Spurs.
If Heel Spurs are confirmed, the treatment that follows is very different to that for other foot problems.
It is important to test other foot structures, as often abnormal and protective walking patterns develop when we experience the pain associated with heel spurs. These other structures can add stress to the already painful foot, potentially preventing it from settling.
As there are many different foot problems with different causes but seemingly the same symptoms, it is easy to see why it is advisable never to self-diagnose or treat your own foot pain.
Always seek professional advice early to prevent substantial tissue damage and reduce the number of treatments required.
For Heel Spur problems we stock:
• Heel spur cups
• Soft orthotics with spot heel protectors