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How to treat plantar fasciitis at home?

Plantar fasciitis

If you have developed pain in the bottom of your heel that is worst in the morning, then there is a very good chance that you have plantar fasciitis.  Plantar fasciitis is a very common and very frustrating condition.  It  can stop you from doing the activities you love, and generally makes life a bit…

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Sesamoiditis

pain in the ball of the foot

The sesamoid bones are two small bones that sit directly underneath the big toe joint.  The bones themselves sit within a tendon and help the toe joint move correctly.  Sesamoiditis is a painful condition that affects these bones, and causes pain on the underside of the big toe joint.    What causes sesamoiditis?  The sesamoid bones can be…

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Do Orthotics work?

orthotics

Have you ever seen orthotics or insoles in people’s shoes and wondered “what do those actually do?”, “Do I need them?”, “Do they make a difference?”or “Do orthotics work?”. At Footcare Scotland, we specialise in the treatment of foot, ankle and lower limb musculoskeletal injuries.  We use orthotics (foot orthoses), where appropriate, to help manage…

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Steroid injections for plantar fasciitis- do they work?

Plantar fasciitis

Steroid injections for plantar fasciitis are a common treatment – but do they work?  Plantar fasciitis is a very common condition that presents as pain on the underside of the heel.  It is particularly sore first thing in the morning and after periods of inactivity.  It is a very common issue, and something that we…

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Why do I have heel pain?

heel pain

If you are suffering from heel pain, you are certainly not alone!  Heel pain is a very common problem and affects around 10% of people. Sometimes it can be caused by a specific injury but most of the time it caused by repetitive stress. There are actually many conditions that could be causing your pain,…

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How to prevent blisters

BLISTERS

Blisters are often trivialised but they can be very painful.  They are a common source of foot pain especially with runners and walkers.  Blisters are the result of increased shear stress affecting the skin.  Where there is excessive or prolonged shear stress, blisters will form. Here are some simple but effective ways of preventing blisters:…

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Exercises for Plantar Fasciitis

heel pain

Plantar Fasciitis is a really frustrating condition.  These simple exercises may help manage your pain. Try these simple exercises for Plantar Fasciitis. Plantar Fasciitis is a very common problem and something we treat in clinic almost every day.  We have put together a short video of exercises for Plantar Fasciitis that you can try at…

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Plantar Fascia Strapping

Plantar fascia strapping

Plantar fascia strapping can be a really effective way of managing your heel pain. In this post we show you how you can do this at home. Plantar Fascia strapping is something we use in clinic on a routine basis.  It can help reduce your pain in the short term and is also pretty easy…

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Painful flat feet

Painful flat feet

Painful flat feet, a disabling condition. We recently had a visit from 64 year old man, who was complaining of pain affecting the inside of his left ankle.  He had noticed that his feet had changed shape and his arches were flattening more recently.  There was no history of trauma however he did report that…

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