Heel Pain

 Heel Pain

Heel PainHeel pain, Foot pain and foot injuries are extremely common.

With accurate assessment and early treatment most heel pain and injury responds extremely quickly to our podiatry and physiotherapy treatments.

This will allow you to quickly regain a pain-free foot and resume your normal activities of daily living or sport.

Plantar Heel Pain (Plantar Fasciitis)

Plantar heel pain is the most common source of foot pain and typically involves the plantar fascia (i.e. plantar fasciitis).

The plantar fascia is a thick fibrous band of tissue that runs along the sole of the foot and connects the heel to the toes.  It’s role is to support the arch of the foot, but unfortunately repetitive trauma and/or flat feet can cause micro damage to the plantar fascia resulting in pain.

Why Do You Get Plantar Heel Pain?

Plantar heel pain seems to occur innocuously, but most commonly occurs with running sports and some form of technique or biomechanical issue that stresses the plantar fascia. Flat feet or weak foot arch control muscles are two common causes of plantar fasciitis.  These problems often cause excessive traction on the attachment of the plantar fascia causing damage and pain.

You can also develop plantar heel pain after a direct knock on the heel such as landing on a sharp object or directly on the heel from a height.  This can cause damage to the plantar fascia, as well as producing a bruised heel.

Due to poor foot biomechanics being one of the primary cause of your plantar heel pain it is vital to thoroughly assess and correct your foot and leg biomechanics to prevent future pain. Also, often it is poorly functioning or inappropriate footwear that can predispose you to injury, so a review of your shoes is essential in managing this condition.

Additional treatment includes taping to offload the arch and provide short term benefit, and then strengthening of your muscles and foot orthotics routinely help resolve the issue in the longer term.

The good news is that plantar heel pain is reversible and very successfully treated. About 90 percent of people with plantar heel pain improve significantly within two months of initial treatment.

I Have Heel Pain – What Should I Do Right Now?

As soon as possible, using the RICE method can help to reduce the pain:

Rest

Take it easy and only move within your limit of pain.

Ice

As soon as possible, and for 20 minutes every two hours, apply ice or a frozen gel pack wrapped in a damp towel. This helps to control bleeding and pain and reduces secondary tissue damage.  In the case of heel pain, a frozen water bottle can be very effective as well, gradually rolling the arch over the bottle.

Compression

Firm compression on the heel can help to control swelling.

Elevation

As much as possible, elevate your leg higher than the level of your heart to reduce localised swelling.

Your next step is to have your heel pain assessed by a Leading Edge Podiatrist or Physiotherapist.  You can BOOK ONLINE now, or call one of our clinics on (08) 8364 6800 or (08) 8159 1300 to book an appointment.

If you are not sure if you need an assessment, you can ENTER YOUR DETAILS HERE and one of our podiatrists or physios will give you a call back to discuss your problem and work out the next step in your recovery.

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