We are on our feet every day and have to use them to get places we want to go. So when pain in the foot/feet arises then it can be a real problem. Painful feet can affect all ages in different way, from heel pains in growing children (Sever’s disease, also known as calcaneal apophysitis), to arch pain (plantar fasciitis) or toe problems, you may benefit from physiotherapy to improve your pain and the way you move (known as biomechanics).
When we are still growing as kids, so are our bones. At the end of our long bones are what is called growth plates, for children with Sever’s disease the growth plate in their hell bone (calcaneus) gets irritated and possibly also swells, this in turn results in pain in the heel of the foot. For those with plantar fasciitis, it can present similarly with pain through the bottom of the foot, which may be more localised the heel. The plantar fascia is a band of tissue that runs along the bottom of our foot and helps in support and function. This sort of injury can occur due to overuse, a sudden spike in activity or with incorrect choice in footwear.
With any of the above presentations (plus more less common ones) we can help. Through stretching and strengthening, or perhaps even some orthotics, we can assess and treat your individual case to ensure that you return to the things you love without pain. We can even look at your running style or advise you on shoe choices to help your symptoms.