Conservative treatment should be initiated as soon as possible once the diagnosis has been confirmed. This includes daily stretching of the calf muscle, supportive footwear with a small heel raise which is soft/cushioning, insoles, and reduced weight-bearing activities (standing/walking). In addition, it might help to tape the foot, apply ice, take some anti-inflammatory medication for a short period of time and use a night splint. If symptoms do persist for a prolonged period of time one can consider shock wave treatment or an ultrasound-guided injection of cortisone. For the very few intractable patients with a very tight calf muscle, one can consider a very small operation. Thereby a small incision is performed to release the tight calf muscle and this reduces the stress on the plantar fascia.
Heel pain – plantar fasciitis
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Foot and Ankle Conditions
Mr Klinke treats a range of common foot and ankle conditions. You can view the conditions and treatments by selecting from the list below.