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Chronic Pain Management
Chronic pain is defined as pain that has lasted longer than three to six months, or “pain that extends beyond the expected period of healing”. Many people live with chronic pain unnecessarily. You become accustomed to your limp, your inability to exercise and perform certain tasks; chronic pain slowly deteriorates your quality of life.
Pain affects each person differently. Some days you may have more capacity to handle your pain than other days.
Chronic or persistent musculoskeletal pain may occur in muscles, tendons, ligaments, skin, joints, bursae, bone, fascial compartments, referred or local nerve pain. Chronic foot pain may be a result of an acute injury/trauma or it may be an overuse injury (slow onset, no initial injury required). Pain may also occur due to a disease process such as Rheumatoid Arthritis or Ankylosing Spondylitis.
Do your feet hurt constantly? You could be suffering from chronic foot pain. Contact us today to make an appointment.
Common Foot Pain, Ankle Pain & Lower leg Conditions our Podiatrists Manage
Our Podiatrists help people in chronic pain every day. Common conditions we manage are:
- Plantar Fasciitis (Heel Pain)
- Chronic tendinopathies (Achilles tendon, peroneal, posterior tibialis, anterior tibialis tendon pain)
- Local neuropathies such as Tarsal Tunnel syndrome causing inside ankle/ arch pain, Baxter’s Neuropathy causing heel pain, Morton’s Neuropathy causing forefoot/toe pain
- Knee, hip, low back pain and postural fatigue due to leg length discrepancy, poor foot mechanics
- Adult flat foot deformity and associated midfoot arthritis
- Many forms of shin splints
- Myriad of forefoot pain & more!
Want to learn more about how to fix arch pain and aching feet? Contact us today to get a foot pain treatment in place.
Chronic Foot Pain Treatments
At Foundation Podiatry Townsville our experienced Podiatrists offer simple, effective treatments in a personalised manner to reduce your chronic pain, increase your capacity to do more and improve your quality of life. Effective foot and arch pain treatment options for persistent pain may include but is not limited to:
Medical Laser therapy – works at a deep cellular level to reduce inflammation, promote tissue healing and reduce pain. Laser is a highly effective and completely pain-free treatment which is wonderful for patients who are very hypersensitive!
Shockwave Therapy – sends sound waves into the injured tissue to bring the injury from a chronic state to an acute state so the body’s own healing process can occur. Persistent Plantar Fasciitis (heel pain) and achilles tendon pain are the most well-researched and the most commonly treated conditions with Shockwave therapy.
Prolotherapy Injections - Prolotherapy is a method of regenerative injection therapy designed to stimulate healing in injured parts of your body that may be slow to heal or may not have healed completely. Prolotherapy is used to treat injured ligaments, tendons, cartilage, joints and neuropathic pain.
Medical Acupuncture - stimulates nerve fibres in skin and muscle which increases blood flow and promotes local tissue healing. It has a calming effect on the Central Nervous system and releases tender trigger points which are often associated with chronic foot pain.
Custom Foot Orthoses – work by reducing the load in the pathological tissue. In many cases of chronic foot pain, whether that be an inflamed joint, a cranky tendon or a compressed neuroma, the load on the injured tissue needs to be reduced for a period to allow healing to occur. Our Foot Orthoses are 100% custom-made allowing us to have the appropriate amount of cushioning, flexibility and support in the appropriate places.
Footwear Advice and Modifications, Moon boot fittings – our Podiatrists can give appropriate footwear advice, prescribe and fit moon boots and also make/prescribe adjustments to footwear such as heel raises, rocker soles for ankle arthritis, lateral flares etc.
Prolotherapy Injections for Chronic Pain
Prolotherapy is a method of regenerative injection therapy designed to stimulate healing in injured parts of your body that may be slow to heal or may not have healed completely. Prolotherapy is used to treat injured ligaments, tendons, cartilage, joints and neuropathic pain.
Medical Laser for Chronic Foot Pain
Low level Laser therapy is used to reduce inflammation, accelerate tissue healing and reduce pain. Foundation Podiatry is the only Podiatry clinic in Townsville to offer Medical Laser therapy for musculoskeletal pain.
Are Heel Pain and Menopause related?
Menopause causes a reduction in oestrogen which affects our collagen production. Collagen is basically the building block of our musculoskeletal system - bones, muscles, ligaments, tendons and skin. Less collagen synthesis means less elasticity of tendons and skin, constriction of blood vessels, decreased healing, increased risk of developing a soft tissue injury and joint pain.