Heel pain is very commonly treated by our experienced podiatrists. When clients present themselves at our clinics with heel pain 80% of the time the diagnosis is Plantar Fasciitis or Achilles Tendinitis, both biomechanical problems. There are other reasons for heel pain such as an infection, arthritis or neurological problems. An accurate assessment by our podiatrist will determine the exact cause of your heel pain.
Is a common debilitating condition, which involves the main supportive ligament under the sole of the foot. If it becomes irritated and inflamed it causes heel and arch pain. The most common site of pain is under the heel where the plantar fascia attaches.
If the pain is ignored for some time it can become chronic (a long-term problem). Heel pain occurs when the ligament that runs from the heel to the tip of the foot becomes over stretched and causes inflammation.
What are the Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis?
Swelling, numbness, tingling, restricted movement of the foot, pain in the foot that becomes worse over time without any trauma or injury. It is usually more painful first thing in the morning and does not improve after a rest period.
What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar Fasciitis may be due to several factors including; unsupportive footwear, calf tightness, poor foot function, an increase in training volume and sometimes weight gain. Plantar fasciitis can occur in all age groups but typically develops in patients in their 40’s, 50’s and 60’s.
Once an accurate diagnosis has been made and the causative factors have been determined, the condition can be treated. Plantar fasciitis is not a lifelong condition and if managed correctly by an experienced podiatrist can be cured completely; however, the earlier it is treated the easier it is to resolve.
Pain at the back of the heel where the heel bone connects to the tendon. This is generally a long-term problem that has happened over time through wear and tear of the Achilles tendon. Sometimes, due to the amount of tension the tendon receives, small tears appear within the tendon and it is not able to repair itself.
What can I do to help or prevent heel pain?
In its early stages, heel pain is usually managed with strapping, massage, footwear advice and sometimes heel lifts. As the condition progresses treatment may include orthotic / insole control if there is a foot posture problem and possibly ultrasound therapy.
Wearing correct supportive footwear is the best way to prevent heel pain. Sports people should be particularly fussy when choosing footwear as they are constantly putting extra pressure on the feet.
If you are suffering from heel pain you should have an assessment carried out by our podiatrist to diagnose the exact cause. In the meantime, you should rest the foot and apply a cool compression to the area.