Heel pain is one of the most common complaints we hear about at Clarke Ventresca Foot & Orthotic Centres.
Heel pain can occur on the back, side or bottom of the heel. Determining the exact location combined with obtaining a good history of the how and when the pain started will assist our Chiropodists in providing the best treatment plan for you. The most common causes of heel pain are as follows.
Plantar fasciitis is an overuse of the tendon that runs along the bottom of your foot. The typical symptoms are pain at the bottom the heel, usually present during the first few steps you take in the morning. It tends to ease until the next time you rest, sit or drive and returns when you try to stand on your feet. It can begin to interrupt daily life and hurt even during rest if left untreated.
A heel spur is a bony protrusion on the bottom of the heel. Heel spurs are frequently associated with plantar fasccitis. They form as a result of long term inflammation at the insertion of the plantar fascia. Many people have heel spurs and don’t even know it.
Achilles tendonitis is simply an overuse injury. The Achilles tendon is the thickest and strongest tendon in the body. It is found at the back of the lower leg and connects the calf muscle to the heel bone. Pain is experienced at the insertion into the back of the heel bone or in the mid-portion of the tendon about 4 cm above the heel bone.
Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
Tarsal tunnel syndrome is a compression, or squeezing of the posterior tibial nerve. It produces pain anywhere along the path of the nerve running from the inside of the ankle into the foot. Tarsal tunnel syndrome is similar to carpal tunnel syndrome, which occurs in the wrist. Both disorders arise from the compression of a nerve in a confined space.
At Clarke Ventresca Foot & Orthtotic Centres our staff will take the time to assess your heel pain. There will be a hands-on biomechanical evaluation of the lower limbs, including foot structure, alignment, strength, range of motion, soft-tissue damage, as well as the identification of any abnormalities. This will be followed by a gait analysis, where you will be observed standing, then walking. This will identify abnormalities or compensations occurring through your legs. Putting this altogether, our Chiropodists will develop a manage plan just for you. Treatment for heel pain often includes stretching and strengthening exercises, taping, footwear advise, Shockwave Therapy and Custom Made Orthotics.
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