Heel Pain

Heel spurs? Plantar fasciitits? Don’t let heel pain keep you grounded.

Often referred to as heel spurs and plantar fasciitis, heel pain is a very common foot condition that can occur in men and women of all ages. Pain in this area often builds up gradually and gets worse over time.

The most intense pain is usually felt first thing in the morning or when using the heel after a period of inactivity, with the majority of people only experiencing pain in one heel.

Plantar fasciitis, inflammation of a band of tissue within the arch of the foot that inserts into the heel bone, is the most likely cause of heel pain. The pain can become so intense that people often develop a limp or abnormal walking style to avoid placing weight on the area.

A podiatrist will usually be able to diagnose heel pain by consulting you about your symptoms and through examining your foot and heel.

Stretching, taping and ultrasound can all be used to treat plantar fasciitis and wearing well fitting shoes as much as possible can help to avoid or reduce symptoms. In more extreme cases of heel pain, an injection or even surgery may be necessary to relieve pain.

Other causes of heel pain include; some types of arthritic conditions, nerve entrapments and stress fractures. If a bone spur is present under the heel, this can often be felt as heel pain however it is rarely the actual cause.

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