Foot and Heel pain

Heel pain is one of the most common foot complaints experienced by kids, adults, and athletes.  Heel pain is a term that we give to a number of conditions that can cause pain surrounding the heel bone. It is mainly characterised by the location of pain, our patients usually describe pain on the bottom, behind or on the sides of the heel.

Common Conditions Around The Heel:

Plantar Fascia Antomy
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Heel Spurs
  • Heel Fracture
  • Nerve Entrapment
  • Joint Impingement

Plantar Fasciitis

One of the most common injuries to the heel is Plantar Fasciitis which is a persistent heel problem affecting people of all ages. 1 in 10 people will develop plantar fasciitis in their lifetime. The plantar fascia is a ligament that runs from your heel bone along the sole of your foot to support your arch. It is crucial to standing, walking and running, and it is under strain a lot of the time which means if something is not quite right it can become thickened, inflamed and degenerative.

Foot & Injury Anatomy

Morning heel pain is a very common problem and occurs most often in people suffering from plantar fasciitis and heel spurs. The heel pain is usually at its worst when you first get out of bed or when you get up from sitting/resting for a period of time.

Heel Spurs

A heel spur is a bony growth usually coming from underneath the heel bone, (calcaneus bone). They are often caused by excessive overuse and chronic inflammation where the connective tissue structures attach to the area of the heel bone.  Heel spurs can occur alone but are often related to underlying issues with other problems of the foot such as plantar fasciitis. Often a heel spur can be treated without drugs, injections or surgery. An experienced assessment, diagnosis and correct treatment plan by a podiatrist can quickly get on top of your heel pain symptoms.

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 Treatment Options

90% of cases of Plantar Fasciitis and heel pain can be treated without drugs, injections or surgery.

A comprehensive assessment which may include diagnostic imaging means we can identify exactly what is causing the pain. Finding out exactly what is injured and why it has occurred .

  • Offloading Strapping Techniques
  • Strengthening & Stretching
  • Corrective Exercise Therapy
  • Footwear Education
  • Orthotics & In-Shoe Modifications
  • Soft tissue therapy
  • Joint mobilisation

Foot Pain

  • Pain on top of the foot
  • Sore ball of foot
  • Sore Foot Arch
  • Painful Bunions on Feet
  • Big toe joint pain
  • Bunion Pain
  • Aching Feet

Foot pain can be a serious problem with 25 % of people at some point in their life will experience it. It is important that it is addressed and should not be ignored as generally the longer the symptoms continue the more difficult it is to successfully treat.

Often many injuries can be treated without the use of drugs, injections and surgery.

Common Conditions

  • Big toe joint Pain
  • Arch Pain
  • Midfoot Sprain
  • Bunion Pain
  • Metatarsalgia
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Heel Spurs
  • Arthritis in feet
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Morton’s Neuroma
  • Foot Bursitis
  • Cuboid Syndrome
  • Metatarsal Pain
  • Foot Tendonitis
  • Achilles Heel Pain
  • Flat Feet Pain
  • High Arch Feet Pain
Foot Pain