Podiatrists in Colac, Geelong, Drysdale, Windsor, Brighton, Lara, Essendon, Blackburn & Hawthorn

Heel pain is a common condition that we enjoy being able to help you with, getting you back to the activities you enjoy!

There are many common causes of heel pain, all of them can be frustrating because they generally get worse over time.

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.

Here are some of the common heel pain conditions our Podiatrists treat:

  • 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

As heel pain Podiatrists 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.

We will then create a management plan specific to you to:

  • Help settle the heel pain
  • Address the causative factors
  • Get you back to the activities you enjoy!

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.

If you want us to help you, or someone you know, with heel pain, please contact us or book your appointment with Pro Feet Podiatry online!

We look forward to caring for you soon!

 

Heel Pain Management

We often get asked “how do I fix heel pain?”

This is a short guide on what heel pain is and some initial management you can apply at home.

  • Bony pain (generally pain gets worse with activity and pain at night in bed)
  • Soft tissue pain (Painful to start but pain settles as the activity progresses, pain can be worst with ‘first step’ in the morning)

Initial heel pain management

Be consistent with your initial management at home over the first 2-3 weeks to help the pain to settle.

  1. Activity
    1. Keep active with exercise and walking/running (every second day) to consolidate your base of activity.
    2. Bike, pool and upper body workouts are also great ways to keep active and not increase the load on your heel
  2. Icing & pain meds (as per your GP/Pharmacist)
    1. This can help to reduce pain but won’t help heal the injury
  3. Self-mobilisation
    1. 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
    2. Ideally do for 2-3 minutes, twice a day
  4. Foam roller on your calf
    1. Do this for 5-10 minutes on the back of your calf muscle.
    2. This can help to reduce the tightness and adhesion through the back of your leg that connects to your heel bone
    3. Ideally do once a day
  5. Toe-raise exercises
    1. Rise up on to your toes and hold for 10-15 seconds
    2. Repeat for 60-90 seconds whilst you brush your teeth
  6. Wear cushioned and supportive footwear
    1. Wear shoes that are cushioned and supportive and will / can help to create an environment for healing

What’s next?

If your pain is not settling after the first 2-3 weeks with your initial management (as above) it is time to invest in seeing a health professional.

One of our Podiatrists, who love helping people with heel pain, will  be able to help you with a specific plan to get you back up and going with your normal activity!

This plan will help to give you clarity with 3 things:

  1. What’s wrong (specific diagnosis)
  2. Why is it there (the causative factors as to why you have the pain)
  3. A plan (we don’t need to see you week in week out forever but we do need to give you clarity as to how to get you back to your normal activity!

1. What’s wrong (diagnosis)

  • X-ray
  • Ultrasound
  • MRI

2. Why is is there (Identifying the root cause):

  • Video running/walking assessment
  • 3D pressure plate assessment
  • Footwear assessment
  • Foot posture index
  • Proximal (core and hip) assessment
  • Hands on muscle and joint assessment

3. The Plan (some of the management we offer):

  • Hands on work (mobilisation / manipulation)
  • Flexible inserts / orthotic devices
  • Shock wave therapy
  • Strength exercises
  • Walking/running technique and efficiency
  • Dry needling/accupuncture
  • Prolotherapy
  • Padding and strapping
  • Activity guidance (along with your coach/trainer to guide you towards your goals)
  • CAM walker fitting
  • Footwear recommendations

If you would like to see one of our Podiatrists who love helping people with heel pain,  please give us a call or book your appointment online! We look forward to caring for you soon!