Apart from the obvious, there are a few common traits we see with heel pain. There will be pain under the heel or just in front of the heel is a common symptom. You might notice it when the heel hits the ground or when the heel comes off the floor. It can range from a sharp stabbing feeling to an ache and everything in between.
You might notice it’s worse when you get out of bed in the morning or after you have been sitting at your desk or getting out of the car. This is a very common symptom and helps us out a lot getting to the right diagnosis.
What might have caused the heel pain?
The cause can be multifactorial. Sudden increases in your walking, running or activity is a common cause as well as the types of footwear you might be wearing. Have you rolled your ankle lately? That can often lead to heel pain. Other causes can be stress, medical conditions, medications and body weight.
Does having flat feet cause heel pain?
What your foot type is irrelevant. There is no definitive proof that having flat feet will lead to heel pain. Feet of all shapes, sizes, colours and smells can lead to heel pain.
How do I get rid of it?
See a Podiatrist to start with. Getting an accurate diagnosis is key as it is not always the fascia that is the cause.
There are numerous ways a Podiatrist can help you out. Ranging from manual therapy, exercise prescription, orthoses, footwear and others. The key is to follow the treatment plan.
How long does it take to go away?
Heel pain is notorious to hang around for a while. It can be anywhere from 1 week to several months after commencing management. 2 big factors that can determine how long you have it for are seeking treatment early after the onset of symptoms and sticking to the treatment plan.
Our Podiatrist Luke is here to help you get over your heel pain.