Specialist Heel Pain Diagnosis & Treatment

Heel pain can have an enormous impact on your quality of life. It’s painful, prevents us from participating in sports and other recreational pursuits, and restricts us from performing everyday jobs and activities. The reason for the heel pain can have numerous causes which requires a thorough investigation and diagnosis from a qualified Podiatrist.

Although most often associated with chronic conditions like Plantar fasciitis or Achilles tendinitis, there are a number of conditions which can result in heel pain. During your initial consultation, we will complete a full assessment to determine the cause of your heel pain, before designing a management plan for your injury that takes into account your health and lifestyle goals.

What Causes Heel Pain?

Heel pain can be divided into three categories: Acute pain resulting from an injury or accident, strains caused by overuse or repetitive movement and chronic conditions stemming from age, illness, disease, or other medical conditions

Two of the most common conditions we encounter at MyPod Podiatry are pain directly under the heel known as plantar fasciitis, and pain behind the heel at the point where the Achilles attaches to the bone, known as Achilles tendinitis. Both conditions are most commonly seen in middle-aged and mature clients, overweight patients, those that spend a lot of time on their feet, and people who play a sport.

Other conditions that we see associated with heel pain include:

  • Heel spurs (commonly a result of untreated Plantar fasciitis)
  • Stress fractures
  • Bone bruising
  • Nerve damage or irritation
  • Collapsed arches
  • Bursitis (inflammation of the retrocalcaneal bursa, a fluid filled sack behind the Achilles Tendon)
  • Severs Syndrome (inflammation of the growth plate in children)
When Should You See a Podiatrist?

We recommend consulting a Podiatrist if you suffer from any pain in your feet that lasts longer than 4-5 days without improvements. In particular, if you wake up with pain in your heel or ankle, if you experience sharp stabbing pains after sitting, or struggle to stand for extended periods, we would recommend seeing a Podiatrist straight away. The worst thing you can do for heel and ankle pain is to leave it undiagnosed.

Most chronic conditions encountered in the feet are the result of small issues that have been left untreated and allowed to progress to serious issues. If you see your child limping during exercise, or experience pain yourself at the back or base of your heel, or under the arch of your foot, these are all signs of injury and it is highly recommended that you see a Podiatrist immediately.

Effective Treatment of Heel Pain

Every patient at MyPod Podiatry receives a tailored treatment plan which aims to reduce load, inflammation, and pain to the affected area. We can then address the underlying issue using a combination of massage, taping, stretching, footwear changes, orthotics, and other therapies such as shockwave therapy.

Don’t let heel pain stop you from living a full life!

Call our team at MyPod Podiatry and let us help you get back to your best.