Heel pain is a very common but treatable condition.
The podiatrists at Bellevue Podiatry help people like you eliminate heel pain every day. Adults, teenagers, and even children can experience acute or chronic pain in the heel. What usually begins as a minor pain gradually worsens over a number of years until it is unbearable.
There can be many causes of heel pain.
Most patients complain of pain in the base of the heel when stepping out of bed in the morning or after sitting for a long time. You might feel as if you are stepping on a stone or sharp object. This pain, known as plantar fasciitis, often subsides after you start moving around again... but unfortunately the pain comes back the next morning, and gradually gets worse over time.
Many people think the heel spur they have developed is causing the pain. However, heel spurs result from chronic tension of the plantar fascia where it inserts at the heel.
Many treatment options for heel pain are available.
Successful management of heel pain consists of symptomatic relief and addressing the underlying cause. At-home exercises and therapies specific to each individual case are critical. Some of these may include:
- Rest, ice, compression, elevation (acute phase)
- Sports strapping
- Kinesiology taping
- Therapeutic exercises
- Activity modification
- Footwear advice
- Orthotics or padding/offloading
- Compression socks
Why do I need to see a podiatrist?
A podiatrist knows feet inside and out. It is important to have a specialist determine which foot structure is causing your heel pain and why (e.g. biomechanics, training errors, or shoe style). At Bellevue Podiatry, we confirm a thorough history of your behaviour plus an assessment of your foot and gait to develop a customised treatment plan to ensure we get you back on your feet and walking pain free.