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Conditions

Heel pain

Heel pain is commonly caused by a condition known as plantar fasciitis. It is also known as heel spur or policeman’s heel. Plantar fasciitis is the painful inflammatory process of the plantar fascia and presents as heel pain usually in the middle of the heel where the planter muscle inserts into the heel bone.

Causes

Heel pain is caused by overuse and excessive loading of the plantar fascia muscle; it can be extremely painful especially after periods of rest. Patients often complain of being unable to put their affected heel on the ground when getting out of bed in the morning.

Management

In its early stages you can treat the condition yourself by resting and strapping the foot to relieve symptoms. Cold therapy to reduce the swelling will bring some relief from the pain as will massaging the area. Weight loss will also improve the symptoms. For information on weight loss and healthy eating, click here.

A HCPC Registered Podiatrist can offer treatment options including stretching exercises, prescribed orthotics, assessment of footwear, or refer you on for an injection of corticosteroids.

 

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