What causes heel pain?
Often heel pain comes from simply being on our feet. Whilst repeated activity can aggravate your heel pain it is caused by a structure called the plantar fascia becoming overly stressed which causes irritation to the attachment point to the heel bone. As a result, inflammation and pain can develop around the heel area.
Sometimes a painful outgrowth of bone called a heel spur, forms where the plantar fascia joins the heel bone. Whilst it may not be the primary source of the pain it is likely to be a contributing factor.
Treating Heel Pain
Heel pain can be managed and whilst rest and appropriate footwear may be the key, it’s important to have it checked by a podiatrist.
Treatment for heel pain may include rest from your usual activities. Aggravating activities like running, prolonged standing and long walks may need to be avoided.
Other suggestions such as appropriate stretching exercises and over the counter medications may be recommended.
Where required supportive strapping, night splints and orthotics might be required to correct biomechanical abnormalities of your foot.
Campbelltown City Podiatry can provide a complete assessment of your heel pain and apply appropriate treatment plans if required. Contact us today!