Heel Pain and its Causes
Heel pain is a very common foot problem. The sufferer usually feels pain either under the heel (plantar fasciitis or heel spur syndrome) or just behind it (Achilles tendinitis), were the Achilles Tendinopathy connects to the heel bone
Even though heel pain can be severe and sometimes disabling, it is usually treatable and a full recovery can be expected.
There are 26 bones in the human foot of which the heel is the largest. The human heel is designed to provide a rigid support for the weight of the body. Consequently the heels are vulnerable to damage and ultimately pain.
In the majority of cases, heel pain has a mechanical cause, however it may also be caused by arthritis , infection, an autoimmune problem, trauma, neurological problem or some other systemic condition that is affecting the whole body. For this reason we recommend an experienced practitioner assess and diagnose the cause of your heel pain.
Some FAST facts
The majority of cases recover with conservative treatments of specific Achilles and Plantar fascia stretching exercises, ice, moderation in activity and suitable footwear and orthoses (shoe inserts) or raises.