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Lets heal heel pain

heel pain

Heel pain can be very distressing and can stop you enjoying life or taking part in active pursuits. Here are some recommended at home tips from us and lets heal heel pain.

What can you do to help yourself

  1. Footwear review/change – wear footwear that is suited for the activity you are doing and be mindful to choose footwear that supports the length, breadth and form of the foot. Footwear that has inbuild support under the arch is good and with fastenings that can be adjusted such as laces. 
  2. Icing the heel 3 times a day can be beneficial as an analgesic. Although most heel conditions are not due to inflammatory causes so icing is used as a therapy to reduce swelling.
  3. Wearing an orthotic with a supportive heel cup and supportive heel cushion may be beneficial.
  4. Simple stretching programmes – calf muscles and the big toe complex.
  5. Taping the heel.
  6. Modify activity to reduce load onto heel or change to non weight bearing activities – cycling/swimming.
  7. Weight loss.

Not easing? Lets get professional help and lets heal heel pain.

What is a podiatrist?

A podiatrist is an expert in the lower limb, especially the foot and ankle. They are degree trained and can diagnose, treat and improve pain, form and function.

A podiatrist is to feet what a dentist is to teeth

What can a podiatrist do for heel pain

Podiatrists can clinically diagnose the structures involved with the heel pain, and if necessary facilitate further diagnostic tests.

They can build a treatment plan with patients which would typically involve taping, stretching and strengthening exercises, orthotics, shockwave therapy, steroid injection therapy, night splints.

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What is heel pain?

Are you or someone you know suffering with heel pain? Scared to take that first step in the morning or has it stopped you from enjoying walking and sports.

If you have heel pain you are in the company of many people who have foot pain, accounting for many visits to healthcare professionals – including podiatrists, physios and GPs. It is the most common foot disorder encountered by podiatrists (college of podiatry).

Who gets heel pain

Young children can get heel pain especially those who are active and sporty. Adults who enjoy running and high impact sports can get heel pain. Adults whose occupations require them to be on their feet for long periods are susceptible. As we age, the soft tissue within the heel can degenerate leading to heel pain.

What is the structure within the heel that can be injured

The heel consists of bone (calcaneus) and soft tissue structures that attach to the bone including tendons, fascia, ligament.

The foot is a key structure for walking and running and whilst it is very well designed to withstand such load, it can suffer from over -use, overload or degeneration. 

Causes of heel pain or injury

Degeneration of the soft tissue is the most common cause and in particular, Plantar heel Pain syndrome PHPS (commonly known as Plantar Fasciitis) especially amongst runners and those who stand for long periods at work.

Are you a runner?

PHPS is a degenerative condition rather than an inflammatory condition, and affects 10% of the population and 15% of all foot related complaints being seen by medical staff. 10% of all runners experience plantar pain and most common in those who run long distances.

Some of the common conditions include

  • PHPS
  • Baxter’s Nerve
  • Heel spur
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Fat Pad Contusion
  • Distal Tear
  • Tibialis Posterior Dysfunction

How can we help

Treatment from a podiatrist will be tailor-made for each patient but likely to include advice, taping, stretching and strengthening exercises, orthotics, shockwave therapy, steroid injection therapy, night splints.

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To book your appointment with Zest Podiatry & Physio book online, call us or contact us for further details.

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Keep running

keep running

Are you running, we want to help you continue.

At Zest Podiatry & Physio we enjoy running and want to help you to start or continue running. We have decided to make 2021 a focus in the clinic for runners. You will find lots of useful information in online runners section.

1. Set yourself some running goals.

Setting your running goals is invaluable as they act an impetus to get started but also help to keep you motivated too.

Goals need to be part of a plan, as this allows you to break the challenge into manageable chunks, increasing your likelihood of success (and enjoyment!). Examples of a running plan include:

  • Download the running app
  • Get started ‘take that first step’
  • more in running goals

2. Remaining motivated.

It is easy to have an initial boost of energy when taking up a new activity or during certain times of the year such as January. Below are a few ways to maintain your motivation, read How do I remain motivated?

  • Set yourself a goal, based on emotion
  • Make it a habit
  • Join a club
  • Keep a diary

3. Focus on your health benefits.

Health benefits of running include reducing your risk of heart disease and stroke, boosting self-esteem and reducing your risk of Alzheimer’s disease. It can help you to live longer and healthier. There are huge benefits on the mind, body and lifestyle, find out more at Health Benefits.

4. What will Run3D do for you?

Run3D helps you move better. It can reduce injuries, assist you to run faster and feel better with its 3D Gait analysis. Click here to see how it can help you Run3D.

Not started yet – thinking about running?

1. Why should you start running.

There are many reasons why you would choose running as your activity.

  • It is free.
  • Running can be done anywhere.
  • it burns more calories than any other mainstream exercise.
  • Go to section Thinking about running?

2. Do you need special kit?

What do you really need as a a runner, how to get started, and how to enjoy it.  I’m new to running, what do I need?

Check out our Runners Section

Interested in running, are you a runner, please take a look at our new section in 2021 all for runners.

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