Heel pain may include pain under the bottom of the heel, around the outside of the heel or even up the back of the heel. This may be caused by a number of conditions including Achilles tendinitis, plantar fasciitis, fat pad impingement, heel spurs or nerve impingement.
It is very common in middle aged men and women who are returning to exercise or with activities which involve high impact such as running, jumping, sudden sprinting and squatting. Athletes are more prone to heel pain and so are children. There is a range of causes which may include muscular imbalance in the legs and feet as well as unsupportive footwear and ‘collapsed’ or rolling in arches. It is important that you have a thorough assessment with our podiatrist to identify all of these factors in order to not only reduce the pain as soon as possible but prevent your heel pain coming back.
A thorough injury history and biomechanical assessment will be performed to determine what is hurting and why. Treatment methods such as heel raises, appropriate fitting footwear, padding, offloading, shockwave therapy, Cortisone injections, orthotics and stretching and strengthening exercises can be discussed with our podiatrist. We can formulate a specific action and management plan which is right for you, which will most likely include a combination of some of these modalities.
Please call on 9596 8418 to make an appointment or book online here and fix your heel pain so you can get back to doing the sport you love and back to a life with pain free feet.