Heel Pain Demystified: Causes, Prevention, and Treatment

Heel pain is a common foot ailment that can disrupt your daily life and activities. Understanding its causes, as well as how to prevent and treat it, is essential for maintaining healthy and pain-free feet. In this post, we’ll delve into the world of heel pain, exploring its various causes and offering practical tips for prevention and relief.

Causes of Heel Pain:

1. Plantar Fasciitis:

  • Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain. It results from inflammation of the plantar fascia, a ligament that supports the arch of the foot.
  • High-impact activities, poor footwear, and excessive standing can contribute to this condition.

 

2. Achilles Tendinitis:

  • This condition occurs when the Achilles tendon, which connects the calf muscles to the heel bone, becomes inflamed.
  • Overuse, improper footwear, and tight calf muscles can trigger Achilles tendinitis.

 

3. Heel Spurs:

  • Heel spurs are bony growths that develop on the underside of the heel bone.
  • They often occur in conjunction with plantar fasciitis and can lead to sharp, stabbing pain.

 

4. Excessive Pronation:

  • People with flat feet or those who overpronate (roll their feet inward) may experience heel pain.
  • This condition places extra stress on the plantar fascia and other structures in the foot.

 

Preventing Heel Pain:

1. Choose Supportive Footwear:

  • Opt for shoes with good arch support and cushioning.
  • Ensure proper fit to avoid friction, blisters, and discomfort.

 

2. Stretch and Strengthen:

  • Perform daily stretches for the Achilles tendon, calf muscles, and plantar fascia to improve flexibility and reduce strain.
  • Strengthen your foot and ankle muscles to provide better support.


3. Gradual Progression:

  • Increase the intensity and duration of physical activities gradually to avoid overuse injuries.
  • Mix in low-impact exercises like swimming or cycling to reduce stress on the heel.

 

Treating Heel Pain:

1. Rest and Ice:

  • Give your heels time to rest and recover.
  • Apply ice to the affected area to reduce inflammation.

 

2. Orthotic Inserts:

  • Consider using custom or over-the-counter orthotic inserts to provide additional arch support.
  • These can help distribute pressure and reduce pain.

 

3. Anti-Inflammatory Medications:

  • Non-prescription anti-inflammatory medications can help manage pain and reduce inflammation.

 

4. Physical Therapy:

  • A physical therapist can recommend exercises and techniques to address the underlying causes of heel pain.

 

5. Professional Evaluation:

  • If heel pain persists, consult a podiatrist or orthopedic specialist for a thorough evaluation and personalized treatment plan.

 

Heel pain is a common issue that can impact your daily life and activities. By understanding its causes, taking preventive measures, and seeking timely treatment, you can alleviate pain and discomfort, ensuring your feet remain healthy and pain-free. Don’t let heel pain hold you back from the activities you love; take the necessary steps to address it and enjoy life to the fullest.

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Covid-19 Update

What are we doing to protect you?

During lockdown there has been much soul searching and questioning if I should continue in Practice or not, given the level of investment required and the measures we must implement to ensure the safety of everyone. Although it will not be easy, I have decided not to be beaten and to continue with The Footings and make it as safe a practice as it could possibly be!  In future when attending clinic, you will be asked to:

 • Stand on a disinfectant mat 

• Use the hand gel provided

 • Put on a mask provided 

The Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) worn by the Podiatrist will consist of: 

• Scrubs 

• Disposable apron

• Face Mask 

• Safety Glasses 

• Mop cap 

• Disposable Gloves 

Only one person will be allowed on the premises at a time to ensure Social Distancing unless you are from the same household, or the patient requires a carer. 

• HEPA filtration unit will be constantly on during clinical sessions. 

• Deep Cleaning equipment is to be used at the end of each treatment 

• Whole room Disinfectant Fogging at the end of each session.

 • Sneeze Screens are being installed both in clinical rooms and Reception area to further ensure safety. 

As I am sure you appreciate these measures are gold standard and are being implemented to ensure safety for all concerned. As a result, I have no choice but to implement an increase in fees to reflect that standard. Therefore, Podiatry fees for consultation plus treatment will be £55. Appointments are now being prioritised for the most at risk patients, but extra clinics are being made available so we can catch up with everyone soon.