What is heel pain?
Your heel bone (calcaneus) is the largest bone in your foot. It takes the bulk of the foot’s forces during heel strike when you are walking, leaving it prone to injury. There are many different conditions which cause of heel pain, including:
- Plantar fasciitis
- Heel spurs
- Achilles tendonitis
- Sever’s disease (in children)
- Nerve entrapments
What causes heel pain?
As mentioned above, there are several different conditions that can cause your heel pain. Other contributing factors include:
- Flat feet
- High arch feet
- Excessive weight
- Standing or walking for prolonged periods on hard surfaces
- Non-supportive footwear
- Tight Achilles tendon and foot muscles
- Some inflammatory conditions
At FootMotion, we use our extensive clinical experience and state-of the-art technology to properly diagnose your foot pain, carry out a biomechanical assessment to accurately assess your foot function and create an evidence-based treatment plan to effectively manage your condition.
How can heel pain be treated?
Treating your pain involves making a clear diagnosis of the cause of your pain and then developing a tailored treatment programme to effectively reduce you pain. This may include:
- icing, massage and rest
- stretching and strengthening exercises
- supportive, well-cushioned footwear
- arch supports or prescription orthoses