Heel pain is one of the most common foot conditions Podiatrists manage on a daily basis.
There are many causes of heel pain and it is important to distinguish the cause of the pain before commencing an appropriate treatment program.
“Heel spurs” are often thought to be responsible for the cause, but in reality it can be any one of the following:
* Plantar Fasciitis
* Calcaneal Nerve Impingement
* Calcaneal Stress Fracture
* Tibialias Posterior Tendonopathy
* Spring Ligament Strain
* Calcaneal Bursiitis
* Calcaneal Fat Pad Syndrome
* Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
The most common cause of heel pain, however, is a condition known as Plantar Fasciitis.
Plantar Fasciitis (or plantar fasciosis as it is correctly defined) is tearing, inflammation or fibrosis of the plantar fascia. The plantar fascia is a thick band of connective tissue that starts on the bottom surface of the heel bone and extends along through the arch of your foot and inserts at the base of your toes.
Heel pain caused by planar fasciitis is a result of the plantar fascia being overused and subject to repetitive microtrauma causing a breakdown of the tissue.
Pain is often at its worst the 1st step hopping out of bed in the morning or if you have been standing for a long periods of time.
As there are many causes for plantar fasciitis and other forms of heel pain, it is important to have a thorough examination to establish what structure is responsible for the heel pain, what has caused it to occur and the best way to manage it.
Our Podiatrists are able to correctly assess, diagnose and manage your heel pain effectively.