Over 50% of Australians will experience heel pain at some point in their life.
Making it one of the top reasons patients come to see a podiatrist.
The first sign that you’ve injured your heel to some degree is naturally when you start to feel pain.
Your heel pain may or may not be associated with some swelling or bruising.
These symptoms often mean that the heel structure is under more pressure and strain than it can take. This has caused some level of damage to the surrounding tissues.
Heel pain is often limited to two specific areas. The first is Plantar Fasciitis which is generally described as “bottom of the heel pain.”
The second most common complaint of heel pain is “back of the heel pain” also known as Achilles Tendonitis. The level of pain increases if a micro tear, heel spur or Achilles tendon rupture occurs.
This extra strain causes not only discomfort in the area but can spread to other areas if physical pressure on the area is not reduced.
Often your body will try and compensate for the area in pain by overloading other areas of the lower body.
This leads to more uneven disruption to surrounding muscles and joint structures.
Many times I’ve had patients coming into the clinic telling me they have been using ice on their heel pain that has been there longer than 24-48 hours.
This can add to the problem, you see, the bottom of the heel area, where the plantar fascia is, has quite a poor blood supply.
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Often, getting the balance back into your step is quite simple once you understand the cause of your pain.
There is also a simple solution to all your heel troubles.
That is, treating the biomechanical causes of your heel pain.
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