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HEEL PAIN

Heel pain refers to discomfort or pain that is localised in the heel area of the foot. It can vary in intensity from mild to severe and can be caused by a variety of factors, as mentioned in my previous response. Heel pain can impact one or both heels and may be felt on the bottom of the heel, the back of the heel, or even on the sides.

WHAT IS HEEL PAIN?

 

Heel pain refers to discomfort or pain that is localised in the heel area of the foot. It can vary in intensity from mild to severe and can be caused by a variety of factors, as mentioned in my previous response. Heel pain can impact one or both heels and may be felt on the bottom of the heel, the back of the heel, or even on the sides.

Common symptoms of heel pain include:

  1. Sharp or Stabbing Pain: Pain in the heel can often be described as a sharp or stabbing sensation, especially when weight is put on the affected foot.

  2. Pain during Activity: Heel pain may worsen during activities that involve standing, walking, running, or jumping. The pain can often be more noticeable after periods of rest or in the morning when first getting out of bed.

  3. Tenderness: The affected area of the heel may be tender to the touch, and pressing on it can cause discomfort.

  4. Stiffness: Heel pain might be accompanied by stiffness or reduced flexibility in the foot or ankle.

  5. Swelling: Inflammation around the heel area can lead to swelling, which may contribute to the pain.

  6. Redness: In some cases, the skin around the heel might appear red or inflamed.

It's important to note that heel pain can have a significant impact on a person's ability to walk and engage in daily activities. If you experience persistent or severe heel pain, it's advisable to seek medical attention to determine the underlying cause and receive appropriate treatment. The treatment approach will depend on the specific cause of the heel pain and may involve rest, physical therapy, orthotic devices, medication, or other interventions recommended by a healthcare professional.

Common causes of Heel Pain.

Heel pain can be caused by a variety of factors, ranging from mechanical issues to medical conditions.

 

Here are some common causes of heel pain:

  1. Plantar Fasciitis: This is one of the most common causes of heel pain. It occurs when the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot, becomes inflamed or irritated. This often leads to pain at the bottom of the heel, especially during the first steps in the morning or after periods of rest.

  2. Achilles Tendinitis: The Achilles tendon connects the calf muscles to the heel bone. Overuse or excessive strain on this tendon can lead to inflammation and pain at the back of the heel, commonly known as Achilles tendinitis.

  3. Heel Spurs: These are bony growths that can develop on the underside of the heel bone. They often accompany conditions like plantar fasciitis and can contribute to heel pain.

  4. Stress Fractures: Overuse or repetitive impact on the heel bone can cause small fractures known as stress fractures. Athletes and individuals who engage in high-impact activities are more prone to this type of injury.

  5. Sever's Disease: This is a common cause of heel pain in growing children, especially adolescents involved in sports. It occurs when the growth plate at the back of the heel becomes inflamed.

  6. Bursitis: Bursae are small fluid-filled sacs that provide cushioning around joints. Inflammation of the bursa located at the back of the heel can cause pain, known as retrocalcaneal bursitis.

  7. Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome: Similar to carpal tunnel syndrome in the wrist, tarsal tunnel syndrome involves compression or irritation of the tibial nerve as it passes through a narrow tunnel in the ankle, leading to heel pain.

  8. Peripheral Neuropathy: Nerve damage in the feet, often due to diabetes or other medical conditions, can lead to sensations of pain, burning, or tingling in the heel.

  9. Rheumatoid Arthritis: Inflammatory conditions like rheumatoid arthritis can cause joint pain, including pain in the heels.

  10. Gout: Gout is a type of arthritis that can cause sudden and severe pain in the joints, including the heel, due to the accumulation of uric acid crystals.

  11. Calcaneal Fracture: A fracture of the calcaneus (heel bone) can occur due to trauma, such as a fall from a height or a car accident. This can lead to intense heel pain.

  12. Infection: In rare cases, bacterial infections can cause pain in the heel.

It's important to note that proper diagnosis by a medical professional is crucial for determining the exact cause of heel pain and developing an appropriate treatment plan. If you're experiencing persistent or severe heel pain, consult a healthcare provider for an accurate diagnosis and recommended course of action.

THINK YOU MAY HAVE ONE OF THE ABOVE?
GET BOOKED IN FOR A BIOMECHANICS APPOINTMENT

£105.00

 

Our team will conduct a full assessment including medical history, foot & lower limb posture, strength & motion tests, gait assessment using pressure plate system, and treatment plan discussion. Following your assessment and review of your medical history, this appoint may suitable to diagnose an treat conditions in the list above.

For this appointment it is important to have the appropriate medical history as this will allow our podiatrists to identify and treat the problem more effectively. If you have any previous GP refferal notes, scans or test results please bring these with you.

You will need the following for your appointment:

A pair of shorts. A selection of footwear, 1 to 3 pairs of shoes (footwear you wear daily/ and or your sporting footwear).

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