Heel pain is a chronic condition that can deeply impact your quality of life by making everyday walking difficult and uncomfortable. Heel pain can have many causes with the most common being plantar fasciitis caused by inflammation of the plantar fascia, the ligament under the arch on the bottom of the foot. Our experienced podiatrists specialise in identifying the cause of your heel pain and formulating a treatment program tailored to your individual needs.Book a heel pain appointment
Most people with heel pain report that pain is worse when they first get out of bed or when they start moving after being seated or inactive during the day. Pain can be felt under the heel, behind the heel or in the arch of the foot.
Heel pain can have many causes including plantar fasciitis, Sever’s disease which is common in children, achilles tendonopathy and nerve entrapment. In most cases heel pain is not caused by a single injury but through repetitive or constant pressure on the heel over prolonged periods. Other common causes of heel pain include weight gain, prolonged periods of standing or walking on hard surfaces, flat feet, high arched feet, ill-fitting shoes, high heel shoes, over training or a sudden increase in exercise.
The first step in treating heel pain is to identify the underlying cause via a heel pain assessment conducted by an experienced podiatrist. Podiatry group Melbourne have developed a heel pain program that specialises in identifying the cause of your heel pain and developing a tailored treatment program. Treatments may include stretching/icing regiments, anti-inflammatories, footwear recommendations, orthothics and cortisone injection. On rare occasion referral to a foot and ankle surgeon may be neccessary.
If your suffering from heel pain we recommend making an initial consultation with one of our experienced podiatrists. At this initial consultation our podiatrists will access your heel pain by indentifying the painful structures, accessing your footwear, lifestyle and activity levels to aid in accurately diagnose the cause of your heel pain and advise you on the best course of treatment. For some patients a request for diagnostic ultrasound and x-rays may be necessary to assist in the diagnosis and treatment.