How To Fix Heel Pain!
Pain can be experienced anywhere in the heel. It is most common in either the bottom of the heel or at the back of the heel. Pain at the back of the heel is most commonly related to inflammation at the insertion of the Achilles tendon. Pain at the bottom of the heel is most commonly related to inflammation at the insertion of the plantar fascia (a band of fibres that runs along the bottom of the foot). Heel pain can also be associated with hard skin build up.
Achilles pain can be as a result of tight muscles in the back of the leg, poor biomechanics, inappropriate footwear or an increase in training load. It is important to get pain in the back of the heel assessed as if left untreated the Achilles tendon can become weaker and be at risk of rupture. See the section on Achilles Pain under Sports Injuries for more information.
Plantar fascial pain can be a result of poor biomechanics or inappropriate footwear. The longer you leave this condition untreated, the longer it takes to resolve.
When hard skin builds up on the heels it puts pressure on the healthy skin underneath and causes it to become sore. In people with reduced sensation (such as people with diabetes) this may lead to ulceration.
Treatment will be tailored to your specific circumstances and may include hard skin removal, strapping, orthotics, stretching exercises, strengthening exercises, education, dry needling and manipulation techniques.
If you have any questions on how to treat your heel pain, please call to speak with one of our podiatrists at Jandakot Podiatry