Heel Pain is one of the most common conditions treated by podiatrists. It is seen in those who play sport and those who may be overweight and on their feet a lot.
Heel pain can also occur in children between 8-13 years as they become increasingly active in sport. Symptoms may include heel pain on rising, during activity or even when walking day to day. Early treatment will relieve symptoms and prevent further complications.
What are the causes of heel pain?
Heel pain is not usually caused by a single injury, such as a twist or fall, but rather the result of repetitive stress and pounding of the heel.
The most common causes of heel pain are:
- Plantar fasciitis
- Heel bursitis
- Heel bumps
- Tarsal tunnel syndrome
- Chronic inflammation of the heel pad
- Stress fracture
- Severs disease
- Achilles tendonosis
There are various methods of treatments such as shoe recommendations, taping, dry needling and orthoses, and these can be determined after examination. Muscle stretches and exercises may also be needed.