Heel Pain

Jan 13, 2021

What is Heel pain?

Heel pain is quite common in adults and our Podiatrist see this on a regular basis.

 

From when you first step out of bed and throughout the day, heel pain can be uncomfortable.

 

In most cases heel pain is a result of daily activities and exercise. When you are walking and running the heel absorbs the impact, hence the stress placed on the foot can be one-and-a-quarter times your body weight and this increases when running.

 

Most people have heard of Plantar Fasciitis and tend to self-treat it as that.  However, there are many causes of heel pain, such as:

  • Achilles Tendinopathy, 
  • Heel Spurs, 
  • Inflammatory conditions such as Bursitis, Arthritis and Spondylitis
  • Stress fractures
  • Nerve entrapment

Unfortunately, heel pain can get worse if left untreated. Your gait can change which can cause problems with rest of the feet, knees, the hips and even the back.

If you are experiencing heel pain or discomfort, it is important that you are diagnosed correctly, and you start your treatment as soon as possible.

 

At Foot corner, our Podiatrist will ask you some key questions that will give a history of your pain. We will look at your footwear, so be sure to bring your usual shoes with you. You may be prescribed a course of treatment which includes foot mobilisation, strapping, strengthening and stretching exercises. If your heel pain is caused by a biomechanical abnormality, orthotics can be prescribed to correct the underlying problem.

 

At your appointment you will be given a treatment plan, which will be your guide to recovery. To start your journey to becoming pain free contact us to book appointment.