Are you suffering with heel pain? You are not alone, heel pain affects 10% of people during course of lifetime.
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Heel pain is normal
It is estimated that over 2 million people each year receive treatment for heel pain. It is the most common foot disorder encountered by podiatrists (college of podiatry), reported to occur in 15% of all adult complaints requiring a visit to podiatrist.
With the Podshealheels an annual campaign we aim to offer advice and guidance on your foot pain. Please contact us to make an appointment or ask a question.
Who gets heel pain?
Heel pain affects anyone. From 8 to 80 years old, but generally it is observed in those over 40 years of age. It is prevalent in athletic & non-athletic populations. Heel pain not gender specific and is bilateral (both feet) in up to a third of cases.
Most common type of heel pain is plantar fasciitis
The term Plantar fasciitis (Pf) is often used to describe heel pain. It results from the deterioration of your plantar fascia, and is known also as plantar heel syndrome or plantar fasciopathy.
Plantar fasciitis is characterised by often an initial morning step pain or by pain on weight-bearing after rest. Pain is usually felt along the bottom of the foot typically located underneath the heel.
Causes of Pf
Heel pain is often after a change in the loading of the heel, and thus its associated structures. It may be due to the following:
- poor footwear
- change/increase in activity
- sporting injury
- an imbalance in the muscles of the legs or hips
- tight muscles (calf)
The nerves or tendons around the inside of the ankle can also be involved, during an examination a podiatrist would discuss and check these others structures.
Treatments for pf
At Zest Podiatry we have a specialist MSK podiatrist who will look at the thickness of the plantar fascia and its integrity, with the use of a diagnostic ultrasound imaging. Confirmation of the diagnosis of plantar fasciitis would lead to discussion of various treatment options, such as:
The Zest team here will take you through the pros and cons of each treatment option for heel pain so you can make decision that is right for you.