What is Heel Pain?

Heel pain is a very common foot complaint and may involve injury to the bone, fat pad, ligaments, tendons or muscles.

The most common cause of heel pain is plantar fasciitis. This is a condition where your main arch ligament (fascia) becomes inflamed and causes pain.

What is a Heel Spur?

This can develop into a heel spur (calcaneal spur) over time when your fascia healing is delayed and bone is laid down in response to excessive through the injured soft tissue. Heel spurs are often related to flat feet.

Who Suffers Heel Pain?

Anyone can suffer from heel pain, but certain groups seem to be at increased risk, including:

  • Middle-aged men and women
  • Active people e.g. running sports
  • People who are very overweight
  • Children aged between 8 and 13 years
  • Pregnant women
  • People who stand for long periods of time.

Common Causes of Heel Pain?

Some of the many causes of heel pain can include:

  • Abnormal walking style (such as rolling the feet inwards)
  • Obesity
  • Ill-fitting shoes eg narrow toe, worn out shoes
  • Standing, running or jumping on hard surfaces
  • Recent changes in exercise programme
  • Heel trauma eg. stress fractures
  • Bursitis (inflammation of a bursa)
  • Health disorders, including diabetes and arthritis.

Heel Pain Treatment

Most heel pain is caused by a combination of poor biomechanics, or muscle weakness or tightness. The good news is that heel pain can be effectively managed once the cause is identified.

Most heel pain can be successfully treated via:

  • EWST Shockwave therapy is considered one of the most effective heel pain treatments
  • Biomechanical correction e.g. orthotics, taping, foot posture exercises
  • Taping
  • Muscle stretches and foot strengthening exercises
  • Lower limb muscle strengthening

Heel pain and injury are extremely common. With accurate assessment and early treatment, most heel pain injuries respond extremely quickly to therapy allowing you to quickly resume pain-free and normal activities of daily living.

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