Condition spotlight

Heel pain

Heel pain is a common foot complaint people of all ages can experience. It is often associated with plantar fasciitis, which is recognised as the leading causes of heel pain. You may be surprised to know that there are over 200 other conditions that can cause heel pain. Here are just some of the ones we see at Shellharbour Podiatry.

If you have any concerns regarding heel pain please do not hesitate to get in touch. Heel pain can be a frustrating and debilitating condition. Seeking professional help can be the first step towards recovery.

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Frequently asked questions about Heel pain

How do I get rid of heel pain?

We have a range of treatments. These include, custom orthotics, shockwave therapy (ESWT), use of CAM boots and showeare recommendation/modification. 

It’s really important to do a proper examination and then determine the most effective treatment plan.

How to stop heel pain from becoming plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis and heel pain can be the same thing. It is really important that if you do have heel pain, especially if it has been there for a few days and not improving, then you need to see your podiatrist for an assessment. The earlier we can intervene, often the easier it is to resolve.

How to relieve heel pain from standing all day?

Standing all day, in a single position is somewhat unnatural. If possible try and do small walks on regular intervals to get the feet moving and blood circulating.. 

Once again good footwear is the key. Ensure that footwear is supportive and comfortable. Supportive innersoles assist with prolonged periods of pressure on the foot. Rest, ice and massage are all great ways to minimise pain. In addition, aids such as standing matts or soft surfaces reduce pressure from hard floors.

Can knee pain cause heel pain?

Altered gait patterns such as limping, misalignment of the knee and  favouring of one leg, can result in heel pain as compensatory muscles and ligaments are overworked and pressure distributions on the foot are compromised. The hip connects to the thigh and knee, and knee to the leg and foot. All these parts work together as one and if one is injured, it affects the other parts.

What causes heel pain?

Increased stress of the foot is the most common cause of heel pain. This can be from a dramatic increase in activity (walking, running) to moving house (lifting boxes etc) to starting a new job that requires you to be on your feet more often. 

It is essential that your foot is working to its maximum potential to allow these stresses to be handled more easily. Things like changes to shoe wear and orthotics are very effective ways to optimise your foot function. We have been doing this for years and can help you get back in control of your foot pain.

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