Heel Pain

 

Heel pain is a very commonly treated problem here at our clinics and the causes of heel pain maybe:

 

Plantar Fasciitis

 

This is pain and inflammation of your Plantar Fascia which is a strong band of fibrous tissue that stretches from your heel to toes. It supports the arches of your feet and also acts as a shock-absorber. Pain usually presents on the underside of the heel slightly most noticeable first thing in the morning and/or after rest. This can be very painful but with the right advice, therapy and possibly an insole, it should improve fairly quickly.

 

Achilles Tendinopathy

 

This is pain and possibly thickening of the Achilles tendon, which is the big tendon at the back of your ankle that attaches your heel bone to your calf muscles. The problem often comes on over a period of time and can start to affect your performance or basic walking. As collegen tissue in our tendons becomes more vulnerable as we age we find it commonly affects people over the age of 40. Rarely this problem completely clears with rest so take action early to prevent months of soreness and reduced mobility.

 

Severs Disease

 

This is the most likely cause of heel pain in children aged between 9 and 14. This is caused by swelling of the growth plate in the heel. By squeezing either side of the heel bone you can often re-create discomfort therefore confirming the condition. Usually caused by a combination of growing bones , high levels of activity and less supportive shoes. Taking advice and modifying your footwear and checking the foot biomechanics will lead to recovery.

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