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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

- Heel pain is usually felt either under the heel or just behind it.
- Heel pain has a prevalence of 3.6% and it is estimated 7% of older adults report tenderness under the heel.
- Plantar fasciitis is estimated to account for 8% of all running related injuries.
- Pain typically comes on gradually, without trauma to the area. It is often triggered by an increase in weight, or an increase in activity. Flat shoes have also been associated with the onset of heel pain.

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.

What happens if the heel pain does not resolve?

Other treatment options for persistent heel pain include:

- Non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for Achilles tendinopathies
- Corticosteroid injections to plantar fascia
- Taping of the heel or physical therapy including foot/lower leg massage/mobilisation
- Extracorporeal shock wave therapy or Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT)

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