Call Us: 1300 975 980

Heel Pain

Heel Pain

The heel is padded support of fatty tissue surrounding the heel bone that holds its shape even with the pressure of body weight and movement. It helps to protect the structures of the foot, including the calcaneus, ligaments and muscles.

What Causes Heel Pain?

Heel pain is a very common foot condition, some of the many reasons for heel pain can include:

  • Bursitis
  • Certain disorders, including arthritis and diabetes
  • Injury to the heel, such as fractures or bruising
  • Incorrect footwear
  • Irregular walking style, such as overpronation or flat feet
  • Neuroma
  • Obesity
  • Standing, jumping or running on hard surfaces

Complications of Heel Pain:
Common complications of heel pain can include:

Two of the most common complications of heel pain are:

Plantar Fasciitis 
The plantar fascia is a band of connective tissue that runs along the heel to the ball of the foot. One of its key roles is to keep the bones and joints in position. Injury, bruising or overextending this muscle can cause inflammation and heel pain. A common cause is flat feet, because the ligament is overstretched when the foot spreads out and the arch flattens. The pain may increase first thing in the morning or after rest.

Heel Spur
An irregular walking style, such as rolling the feet outwards, places extra strain on the plantar fascia. Prolonged inflammation can develop and lead to a growth or spur on the bone. The spur can only be seen on x-ray, but can also be noticed by a tender patch on the heel on the sole of the foot.

Prevention of Heel Pain:
You can lower the risk of heel pain in many ways, including:
  • Wear correct footwear.
  • Choose footwear with shock-absorbent soles and supportive heels.
  • Remember to warm up and cool down before and after exercising or playing sport.
  • Tape or strap your feet to help support the muscles and ligaments.
  • Shoe inserts, such as orthotics which can be professionally fitted by your podiatrist may help support your feet in the long term.
Treatment of Heel Pain:
  • Customised orthotics
  • Icing
  • Individualised exercise programs
  • Night splints
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication
  • Rest
  • Strapping
  • Ultrasound therapy
  • In some serious cases, surgery may be recommended

At Mint Foot Care, we are experienced at treating all heel pain conditions. We will assess, diagnose the condition and provide a tailored treatment plan. Please call 1300 975 980 to book an appointment.

 

Latest News

  • BONE

    Sesamoiditis

    Sesamoids are small bones connected by tendons to muscles most commonly found in the big toe. Sesamoiditis generally happens when those tendons become inflamed. This condition can be the result of overuse, strain, or trauma. High activity sports like netball or dancing, and regular wear of high heels or tight shoes are all contributing factors […]

    Date:6 September 21, 2020
  • BONE

    Osgood Schlatter Disease

    Osgood-Schlatter disease is a common reason for knee pain in developing adolescents. It is the inflammation and irritation of the area just below the knee; where the patella tendon in the knee attaches to the shinbone. It most often occurs during puberty with growth spurts, when bones, ligaments and muscles are rapidly changing. Physical activities […]

    Date:6 September 2, 2020
  • ARTHRITIC FOOT CARE

    Pes Anserinus Tendonitis

    Pes Anserinus Tendonitis or Pes Anserinus Bursitis is the inflammation of the little sacs of fluid, called ‘bursa’, between the joint of the shin and surrounding muscles of the knee. This inflammation can be caused by friction, irritation, and pressure. Pain is most often felt on the inside of the knee, underneath the joint. Cause: […]

    Date:6 August 10, 2020
  • CIRCULATION

    Gout

    Gout is a condition caused by the build-up of uric acid, generally it affects your big toe and knee joints but can also affect your fingers, wrists, elbows Symptoms There are 2 types of gout, asymptomatic gout, which is when there is a build-up of uric acid but there are no visible signs or symptoms; […]

    Date:6 June 24, 2020
  • NAILS

    Onychogryphosis

    Onychogryphosis or ‘Ram’s Horn’, is a nail condition that is formed by slow growth of the nail plate or when one part of the toenail grows at a faster pace that the other. It is identified by thick or curvy yellowish colour on the toenails, most frequently the big toenail. Curving nails Infection Ingrown toenails […]

    Date:6 April 30, 2020
  • BONE

    Heel Pain

    The heel is padded support of fatty tissue surrounding the heel bone that holds its shape even with the pressure of body weight and movement. It helps to protect the structures of the foot, including the calcaneus, ligaments and muscles. What Causes Heel Pain? Heel pain is a very common foot condition, some of the […]

    Date:6 March 23, 2020

* indicates required