Heel pain is typically characterised by discomfort or pain in the bottom or back of the heel.
It is a common foot condition that can affect people of all ages and lifestyles. Here is some information about heel pain and some frequently asked questions (FAQs) related to this condition:
What causes heel pain?
Heel pain can have various causes, but the most common is plantar fasciopathy or sometimes fasciitis. This occurs when the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue that supports the arch of the foot, becomes inflamed or strained. Other potential causes include Achilles tendinitis, heel spurs, stress fractures, bursitis, nerve entrapment, and many more.
What are the common symptoms of heel pain?
The primary symptom of heel pain is pain or tenderness in the heel, especially during activities like walking or running. The pain may be sharp or dull and can range from mild to severe. It is often worse in the morning or after periods of rest, and it may improve with gentle movement. Some individuals may also experience swelling, redness, or a sensation of stiffness in the heel area.
How can heel pain be treated?
Treatment for heel pain depends on the underlying cause and severity of the condition. Non-surgical options are typically the first line of treatment and may include stretching and strengthening exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices, load modifications, footwear modifications, rest, and sometimes over-the-counter pain medications. In more severe cases or when conservative measures fail to provide relief, medical interventions such as corticosteroid injections or surgical procedures may be considered.
How can Blueprint Podiatry help with heel pain?
At Blueprint Podiatry, our skilled podiatrists specialise in diagnosing and treating heel pain. We will conduct a thorough evaluation of your condition, including a comprehensive medical history and physical examination. Based on our findings, we will develop a personalised treatment plan tailored to your specific needs. Our approach may include a combination of conservative treatments, such as custom orthotics, targeted exercises, footwear recommendations, and lifestyle modifications, to address the underlying cause of your heel pain and alleviate your discomfort.
Our goal is to help you find relief from heel pain and improve your overall foot health. We are dedicated to providing evidence-based care and utilising the latest techniques and technologies to ensure optimal outcomes for our patients. Whether you have plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis, or any other form of heel pain, we are here to support you on your journey to pain-free feet.
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