Plantar fasciitis is complex. Usually, the word, plantar heel pain, was used to signify the normal term of plantar fasciitis. It was thought to be a mechanical tension of the plantar fascia which is a long ligament throughout the arch of the foot that is purported to hold up the mid-foot (arch) of the foot. Treatment has been characteristically focused at reducing the stress within that ligament. As more becomes understood concerning plantar fasciitis and the involvement of other tissues as well as the mechanism of action of the way various treatments actually worked and influenced the pain sensation pathways in plantar heel pain it became obvious exactly how complicated this condition was. Therefore, the desire for the name of plantar heel pain rather then plantar fasciitis.
A recently available episode of PodChatLive is devoted to that complexity. The specialist with that episode was Matthew Cotchett who has researched widely within the field of plantar fasciitis. In this livestream they outlined this challenge of the lingo. Furthermore they discussed the growing significance about the related mental health issues and how many of the non-mechanical treatment options like dry needling actually would probably help. In addition, they went over the best evidence dependent technique to healing heel pain in clinic on a daily basis. Dr Matthew Cotchett PhD is a Teacher and a researcher at the La Trobe Rural Health School at La Trobe University, in Melbourne, Australia. Matthew works in private practice as a podiatrist with interest in the analysis and therapy for sports related orthopedic problems. Matthew has a particular curiosity about the management of the pain underneath the heel bone and carried out a Doctor of Philosophy that analyzed the efficiency of trigger point dry needling for plantar fasciitis. Matthew’s major research concerns have been in the psychosocial components of bone and joint pain, with a unique focus on mental, affective as well as behavioral factors as drivers of symptoms along with incapacity.