Heel Pain

Heel Pain usually exists because of problems in the biomechanical aspect of the body. Stress on the heel, as well as conditions such as arthritis, gout, and circulatory problems can lead to heel pain.

Plantar faciitis is inflammation in the tissue from the heel to the ball of the foot, causing pain.

Heel Spurs are bone growths under the heel bone that may only start causing pain when inflammation occurs.

Statistics

  • 15% of a podiatrist’s patients have heel pain
  • Plantar faciitis and Heel Spurs are the most common types of heel pain, diagnosed in 73% of those who complain of pain in their heel
  • Surgery is not needed for 90% of heel pain sufferers
  • Early morning is the most painful time for 83.5% of plantar faciitis and heel spur patients
  • Plantar Faciitis can occur with or without the presence of heel spurs
  • Women are more affected by plantar faciitis and heel spur syndrome than men

Causes of heel and arch pain

  • Being overweight
  • An imbalance in the muscles
  • Deformity in the bone
  • A tightness in muscles of the back of the leg
  • Over-stretching the band of tissue from the ball of the foot to the heel
  • Trauma
  • Warming up or training improperly

What can a patient do?

  • Purchase comfortable and supportive shoes
  • Be sure to stretch sufficiently before exercise
  • Employ the RICE technique- rest, ice, compression, elevation

What can a podiatrist do for you?

  • Examine the afflicted area
  • Perform the appropriate scan, such as a CT, MRI, X-ray, or bone scan
  • Suggest taping or an over-the-counter arch support
  • Prescribe a custom orthosis or medication
  • Provide injections or surgery if necessary