Heel pain is an umbrella term used to loosely describe pain in the heel area, usually associated with standing, walking and getting out of bed in the morning. Pain is generally present in the heel or arch area. Often pain is worsened when you are on your feet for long hours at work or at home.
Some of the common heel pain conditions our Podiatrists treat include; Plantar fascia tear, Plantar fasciitis (acute – just started recently), Plantar fasciosis (chronic – been there for a while!), Achilles tendinosis, Achilles tendinopathy, Achilles tendonitis, Distal tarsal tunnel syndrome, Baxters nerve entrapement, Calcaneal stress fracture, Calcaneal cysts, Abductor hallucis tendinopathy, & Fat pad contusion.
We have also invested in a progressive heel pain Podiatry treatment to help with persistent pain – shock wave therapy (ESWT). ESWT helps to reduce pain and stimulate healing factors to the affected area.
What to expect in your consult?
Your initial new episode consultation will involve a comprehensive assessment where we ascertain your relevant history and medical history, followed by a physical examination to determine the diagnosis and cause of your problem.
We will video you walking and use clinical assessment to diagnose the specific cause of your heel pain. We may also refer you for x-ray, ultrasound or MRI of your heel if required.
This will be discussed with you where we form a treatment plan for your needs. The treatment may vary but will often include a combination of “hands on therapies”, taping, advice, exercise therapies, dry needling as well as other options.
Conditions we help with:
Your podiatry appointment with consist of:
Listening – We listen to understand you, what activities you enjoy, how you problem presented and how it affects you.
Accurate diagnosis – We may need to refer you for diagnostic imaging such as MRI, X-Ray, ultrasound or pathology.
Assessing & addressing the causative factors – We settle your pain & address the reason why it presented.
This allows us to develop a personalised management plan, where we can determine your goals diagnosis, timeframe & management.
We are here to help guide you along the way!
Footwear – Runners, work, casual, everyday shoes. They all help us, help you.
Orthotic devices – If have or have previously worn orthosis please bring them to the appointment.
Previous Results – If you have had imaging/results, please bring them with youl.
Referral – A referral is not required to see a podiatrist. Though if you have one, please bring it along.
Clothing – We will be getting you do some walking/running as part of your assessment. Dress appropriately if possible.
Medicare card, Insurance card – Where applicable, we can process your rebates at the clinic.
For private podiatry clients. no referral is required so you can book in straight away. If you have a workcover injury, DVA, Medicare EPC or 3rd party insurance claim then a referral is required.
We have HICAPS facilities at all our clinic locations, this allows
We understand that life gets hectic and doesn’t always go to plan! Our therapists are in demand though so if you are unable to make your appointment then someone else misses out too. Should you need to reschedule or cancel your appointment, please inform us at least 6
Heel Pain Home Management
If you are having trouble with heel pain give the following tips a try to help it settle. If the pain continues, our Podiatrists will be able to help alleviate your pain. You can also find some more helpful heel pain home management tips on our blog. Be consistent with your initial management at home over the first 2-3 weeks to help the pain to settle.
Keep active with exercise and walking/running (every second day) to consolidate your base of activity. Cycling, swimming and upper body workouts are also great ways to keep active and not increase the load on your heel
This can help to reduce pain but won’t help heal the injury
Use a tennis ball or golf ball to roll under your foot and reduce the tightness and adhesion in the small muscles under your feet. Ideally do for 2-3 minutes, twice a day
Do this for 5-10 minutes on the back of your calf muscle. This can help to reduce the tightness and adhesion through the back of your leg that connects to your heel bone. Ideally do once a day
Rise up on to your toes and hold for 10-15 seconds. Repeat for 60-90 seconds whilst you brush your teeth.
Wear shoes that are cushioned and supportive and will / can help to create an environment for healing