The Foot Group - Heel pain
What causes heel pain?
Heel pain results from either an acute traumatic injury or chronic stress placed upon the structures of the heel which include bone, muscles and ligaments. Chronic complications are the most common. These include plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, fat pad contusions and, in children,Sever’s disease, which is pain caused by stress to the growth plate of the heel.
Who is at most risk?
Anyone at any age can suffer from heel pain. However, certain populations are more susceptible to heel pain. These include middle aged men and women, physically active people, people who are very overweight or obese, people who are on their feet for long periods of time and children anywhere between the ages of eight to fourteen years old. Also, due to the change in body weight and centre of gravity, some women during pregnancy may suffer from heel pain
What are the common causes of heel pain?
Heel pain is commonly suffered by people who have recently taken to physical fitness and place increased strain on their feet. Poor quality or incorrect shoe types can contribute to heel pain as well as any current or past injuries. People who are overweight may also suffer from heel pain, especially when they commence new fitness activities. Abnormal gait or walking patterns resulting from biomechanicalissues within the body are another common cause of heel pain.
What can The Foot Group do to help heel pain?
Thorough examination and accurate diagnosis is the first step to a quick full recovery. A biomechanical assessment is needed to fully ascertain the underlying cause of the heel pain and is performed by one of our trained podiatrists.
Our podiatrists can also provide a specific treatment strategy to improve the likelihood of a successful outcome.Treatment may include strapping, flexibility exercises, physical therapy and prescription foot orthotics.
The Foot Group
Suite 144 / 117 Old Pittwater Road
Brookvale, Warringah on the Northern Beaches
Easily accessible to the North Shore areas including Lane Cove, Ryde, Crows Nest, Chatswood, Willoughby and North Sydney