The earlier you seek advice and treatment for heel pain, the better the outcomes. If you have had heel pain for more than 2 months, we strongly advise you to book an appointment with our clinic.
The longer you have had pain, the longer the rehabilitation process can be.
What is heel pain?
Heel pain is a generic term used for a variety of musculoskeletal conditions affecting the heel, such as plantar fasciitis, heel spurs and Achilles tendonitis and is one of the most common injuries to the foot that podiatrists diagnose and treat.
One of the key challenges sufferers face with heel pain and in particular plantar fasciitis is that the injury does not improve with time and complete rest. The reason being it’s almost impossible to stay off your feet and not walk.
Diagnosing Heel Pain
Whilst plantar fasciitis is the most common form of heel pain, there are several other causes for similar symptoms. These include;
- Heel spur syndrome
- Heel pad syndrome
- Stress fracture of the Calcaneus (heel bone)
- Nerve compression/entrapment
- Achilles tendonitis
Causes of heel pain can be attributed to (but not limited to):
- Unsupportive footwear
- Overloading of the heel due to poor biomechanics
- Sudden increase/changes to activity
- Weight gain
However it is critical to note that it is only with a physical examination and a thorough understanding of a patient’s history by a podiatrist can a proper diagnosis be made, and the correct treatment implemented. Your Podiatrist will then work with you to develop a treatment plan to aid in reducing pain and inflammation, as well as setting long term treatment goals to ensure the pain doesn’t return.
What are the ways pain can be treated?
- Shockwave Therapy
- Sports Podiatry
- Dry Needling
- Orthotic therapy
- Footwear changes or modifications
- Ultrasound therapy
- Activity modification
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