Managing Heel Pain
Everyday thousands of people suffer from unnecessary heel pain.
Heel pain is the number #1 cause of musculoskeletal (muscles & joints) foot pain in the world!
The pain can be very debilitating preventing people from enjoying work, sport and leisure activities.
The most common causes of heel pain are:
Those who participate in sports
involving jumping and running. Dancing is also a common risk factor. Training in worn out shoes is going to cause all sorts of problems including heel pain.
Non athletic people as well as those who spend too much time on their feet or hard surfaces. Those with excess weight, and sometimes, pregnancy.
Biomechanical and anatomical risk factors include a Pes planus (flat foot) type, short achilles tendon and in some cases spondyloarthropathies.
What are common heel conditions?
1. Plantar Fasciitis
The Plantar Fascia is connective tissue that connects your heel to the toes. The micro-injury that occurs from the strain, repetitive usage, poor biomechanics and fatigue can all lead to inflammation and swelling of the plantar fascia causing pain on the heel. And it is known as Plantar Fasciitis. Download Our Guide Here
2. Achilles Tendonitis
The Achilles tendon is the strongest tendon in the human body, and it connects the calf muscles to the heel bone. Inflammation of the Achilles tendon is known as Achilles tendonitis, and it causes pain in the insertion area of the tendon which is on the heel.
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3. Heel Spurs
Due to inflammation and injury to the surrounding tissues of the heel, it leads to the pointed bony growth of the heel bone (Calcaneus Bone). The bony growth then impinges and puts pressure on the surrounding tissues that cause extreme pain, especially while walking on toes. Download Our Guide Here
What happens at a Heel Pain assessment?
The key to curing heel pain is understanding the cause. Heel pain may originate from trauma, lifestyle or biomechanical disfunction. Our podiatrist will begin the heel pain assessment by taking a full medical and lifestyle history of the patient to get a clear understanding of the possible cause of the pain.
The foot behaves differently when it is non-loadbearing, loadbearing and moving. That is why we assess the foot sitting, standing and walking. Our podiatrist will take the patient through a number of tests to look for any biomechanical dysfunction that maybe the cause of the heel pain.
The results of the sitting, standing and walking foot assessments are triangulated to form a diagnosis of the cause or causes of the heel pain. In some cases we may use imaging such as X-ray and/or ultrasound to confirm our diagnosis.
Podiatrists are highly skilled at treating heel pain. Once we have arrived at a diagnosis we will select the most appropriate treatment plan to suite you and your lifestyle. Often treatments include one, or a combination of: stretching programs, strapping, insoles / orthoses, foot manipulation / mobilisation, acupuncture, shockwave therapy and injection therapy.
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