What is Heel Pain?
Heel pain is a common condition in which weight bearing on the heel causes extreme discomfort. Heel pain is generally the result of faulty biomechanics ( walking gait abnormalities) that place too much stress on the heel bone and soft tissues that attach to it. Over-use, repetitive stress which refers to soreness resulting from too much impact on specific area of the foot, a thinned out fat pad in the heel area, and over-pronation (flat feet) are some of the factors of heel pain. The stress may also result from injury, or bruise incurred while walking, running, or jumping on hard surfaces and wearing poorly constructed footwear.
Heel pain can occur mainly on two areas of your heel: the underside and the back of your heel.
Heel pain is extremely common. It often begins while standing or walking and usually worst when arising out of bed. Inflammation of the connective tissue on the sole of the foot (plantar fascia) where it attaches to the heel bone is the most common cause of pain. Heel pain may also be the result of an inflamed bursa (bursitis) – a small, irritated sack of fluids; a neuroma (a nerve growth), or other soft-tissue growth. Extreme pain in the rear foot may be the cause to abnormal bony protrusion (heel spur), especially while standing or walking. Calcium deposits, that can be seen on X-ray studies, can form due to plantar fascia pulling away from the heel.
Pain in the back part of your heel, burning and shooting pain when steps are taken after long periods of sitting could be due to inflammation and degeneration of Achilles tendons.
Heel Pain Treatment
Heel pain can be the result of many potential causes, therefore it is recommended that you should have proper diagnosis of the cause of heel pain. At Comfort Clinic, we do biomechanical assessment and gait analysis before we start heel pain treatment.
Most cases will improve spontaneously. Heel and stretching exercises to reduce swelling of the soft tissues, orthotic footwear, custom made orthotics, night splints, heel pads and shoe inserts are quite helpful. Proper footwear is especially critical for people suffering from Achilles Tendonitis.
If pain continues, steroids injections or walking casts are used. Only in the most troubling and prolonged cases is surgery recommended.
Our expert custom orthotics fitters and specialists put every effort into achieving a full patient satisfaction, and our primary goal is to help the patient to return to normal daily life activities in the shortest period possible. Our professionals have thorough understanding of human anatomy, conditions and application of the prescribed devices.