heel pain

Heel pain, while quite common, can be extremely uncomfortable and painful if not met with proper care or treatment. Heel pain may occur if you injure or overuse the heel. If left uncared for, the affected area may worsen, limiting your mobility and making it difficult to perform everyday activities, such as walking.

Heel pain is sometimes placed under an umbrella of ‘policeman’s heel’, however as anyone with heel pain knows, it is not unique to any one single profession!

There are many different causes of heel pain, including strains or sprains, tarsal tunnel syndrome, stress fractures, achilles tendinitis, and heel bursitis. One of the most common causes of heel pain for children and teenagers specifically is Sever’s disease. Sever’s disease can develop due to overuse or repetitive microtrauma of the heel bone's growth plates. This condition is often seen among those who are active in sporting activities.

Other causes of heel pain may include issues with poor circulation, poor posture when walking or running, a soft tissue mass, and a rupture of the achilles tendon. To help ease the discomfort of heel pain, it’s advised that you get plenty of rest, apply ice to the affected area, and wear shoes that fit properly.

Chiropodists may utilize treatment such as ultrasound or laser therapy, taping techniques, night splinting and mobilization.

Troublesome problems such as achilles pain may respond well to Radial Extracorporeal Shock-wave Therapy. A chiropodist might also recommend the use of custom foot orthotics / shoe inserts for extra support.

If you are experiencing heel pain, we recommend you consult with a chiropodist as soon as possible for a proper assessment and treatment plan. Call us to book now.

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