Heel pain is a common and frustrating complaint affecting people from all walks of life. This pain can range in severity from a dull ache to a sharp stabbing sensation. It occurs in both children and adults, active and inactive people alike.
The most common cause of heel pain is inflammation within the plantar fascia, which is a thick fibrous band in the bottom of the foot that provides dynamic support during daily activities. There are also a number of less common conditions which may cause heel pain including nerve entrapments, heel spur, growing pains in children, stress reactions and fractures as well as injury to the fatty padding.
Accurate diagnosis of the potential causes will require a thorough biomechanical assessment by a Podiatrist.
Treatment and management plans are implemented based on the cause of the pain and injury. Correct diagnosis and identification of the cause will allow the best possible treatment plan to be implemented and employed, allowing you the fastest return to pain free walking.
A number of treatment options are currently used by the team at Heal & Soul Podiatry including taping, stretching, trigger point muscle therapy, Orthoses and footwear modifications.
At Heal & Soul Podiatry, a holistic approach is taken when managing heel pain with the overall aim of long term prevention allowing you to function at your best.