Understanding the Causes of Heel Pain: Seeking Relief and Treatment
- Plantar Fasciitis: One of the most prevalent causes of heel pain, plantar fasciitis occurs when the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue that supports the arch of the foot, becomes inflamed or irritated. This condition commonly arises due to repetitive strain, such as walking or running on hard surfaces, excessive pronation (rolling inward) of the foot, or wearing unsupportive footwear.
- Achilles Tendonitis: The Achilles tendon, which connects the calf muscles to the heel bone, can become inflamed and painful. This condition usually results from overuse, such as running or other high-impact activities, sudden increases in exercise intensity, or inadequate stretching before physical activity.
- Heel Spurs: These are bony growths that can develop on the underside of the heel bone due to strain or stress on the foot’s muscles and ligaments. Heel spurs often accompany other conditions like plantar fasciitis, as the repetitive pulling of the plantar fascia can lead to the formation of calcium deposits.
- Stress Fractures: Repetitive stress and impact on the heel area can result in tiny cracks in the bone known as stress fractures. Athletes or individuals who engage in activities that involve repetitive jumping or pounding often experience this type of heel pain.
- Cracked Heel Treatment: Our foot nurses can effectively treat cracked or calloused heels, providing relief from pain and discomfort.
- Orthotics and Orthopaedic Shoe Wear: We offer customized orthotic devices that help support the arch and reduce strain on the heel. These devices correct biomechanical imbalances, ensuring proper foot alignment and alleviating heel pain.
- Physical Therapy and Stretching Exercises: We provide a wide range of stretching and strengthening exercises to improve flexibility and the overall condition of the feet and lower limbs.
- Footwear Recommendations: Our experts can recommend appropriate footwear options, such as orthopaedic shoes, to accommodate specific foot conditions and minimize heel pain.