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Melbourne Podiatry Clinic's "Return to Run" Program Treats Heel Pain


Melbourne, Australia -- (SBWIRE) -- 03/24/2015 -- Heel pain is one of the most common conditions treated at Melbourne Podiatry Clinic. It afflicts individuals of all ages and can have a myriad of causes. Even a simple bruise can escalate into a debilitating condition. The clinic's "Return to Run" program was specifically developed to address heel pain that includes a gait analysis to pinpoint the biomechanical point of pain.

A variety of solutions for heel pain at Melbourne Podiatry Clinic are available that will return patients to their normal activities quickly. The practice offers a variety of treatments for heel pain that can incorporate dry needling, massage, specific stretching exercises and gait retraining.

The first step in treating heel pain is an assessment to determine exactly where the problem originates. Feet are highly complex parts of the body, providing support and transportation. Pain in one part of the body can often begin in another location. Heel pain can arise as a result of an increase in activity, weight gain and moving on specific surfaces, along with poor biomechanics.

Heel pain can extend to other parts of the foot, begin suddenly, or start slowly and worsen over time. Pain in the heel may also be caused by a heel spur, bruising, or a stress fracture. It can be the result of injury or damage to the Achilles heel or a pinched nerve in the toes or bursitis.

The most common cause is plantar fasciitis, a condition involving the plantar fascia tissue on the bottom of the foot, connecting the heel bone to the toes. It's a condition common to runners and people who are overweight. Wearing footwear that provides sufficient support can also trigger pain.

Therapeutic massage, dry needling and manual manipulation helps limber and loosen the plantar fascia tissue, alleviate pain and facilitate healing. Left untreated, heel pain can become chronic and affect regular activities. It can also alter the way people move as they try to avoid the pain, resulting in further foot problems and knee, hip or back dysfunction.

About Melbourne Podiatry Clinic
Melbourne Podiatry Clinic provides a full range of services designed to provide pain relief and return patients to their normal activities. The clinic's professionals provide footwear advice, gait retraining, and care for nails, corns and calluses. The clinic treats warts, running injuries and knee pain, along with care for muscles and tendons and orthotic devices when appropriate.

For more information, call 1300 821 893 or visit Melbourne Podiatry Clinic online.

Andrew Maitland
Melbourne Podiatry Clinic
Phone: 1300 821 893