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Heel Pain: 3 Things You Need to Know

Living in our modern society means you may tend to be constantly active or are often sedentary for hours at a time due to work. In Western society, chiropractors, physiotherapists or massage therapists are amongst the first to help elevate stress and fatigue.
Your feet take you in all sorts of directions and your knees and hips follow their lead.
It’s quite common to experience some issues from time to time, when you think about how many steps you take on a daily basis, multiplied by weeks…months…and years.
In most cases, bringing the balance back in to your step is quite simple once you understand the cause of your pain.
Over 50% of Australians will experience heel pain at some point in their life. One of the most common conditions podiatrists see on a daily basis is heel pain and discomfort.
One of the key signs that your feet are injured occurs when you start to feel pain in your heel of your feet. These symptoms often mean that unnecessary pressure and strain have been placed on this area often causing micro tearing to the tissues or simply just causing more pressure to area than the heel can absorb.
Common causes of heel pain are often limited to two specific areas. The most common source of irritation comes from the bottom of your heel clinically known as the plantar fasciitis or the back of the heel also known as Achilles Tendonitis.
The level of discomfort is intensified if a micro tear, heel spur or Achilles tendon rupture occurs. This additional strain causes not just discomfort in the area but can spread to other areas if physical pressure to the area is not reduced. Often your body will try and compensate for the area in pain by overloading other areas of the lower body. Which can often lead to more unecessary disruption to surrounding muscles and joint structures.
There are various at home or clinical treatments for these conditions.
One common misconception is that you can use just a heat or ice pack to fix the heel pain. The heel area in paticular the plantar fascia actually has quite a poor blood supply, so applying an ice pack to the area can actually further constrict the effected area of beneficial heeling powers blood saturation. On the other hand applying heat to an acutely injured heel can welcome unwanted inflammation/swelling.
For a Podiatrist, providing you with treatment and advice will depend on your circumstance and history of pain. Unfortunately there isn’t a one size fits all treatment. Treating the pain is one thing and treating the cause can mean another.
In saying that, there is also a simple solution to all your heel troubles. StepEase Podiatry would be thrilled to help you get back to your pain free self. We just need to see how your feet move and run through some clinical question, so we can determine the correct treatment for you. Luckily for you, you don’t even need to leave your home or office to find out how. StepEase Podiatry has now become a virtual Podiatry Clinic and is thrilled to be able to provide complimentary consultation to everyone, anywhere, at super convenient times.
Simply book a TeleHealth consultation and a Podiatrist will see you to decide on the best course of treatment for your ailments.