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Podiatrist Discusses The Cause Of Heel Pain

Have you ever had a dull aching at the bottom of your heel or a severe stabbing pain radiating to your toes? You could have both of these symptoms if you have acute or persistent heel pain. One of the most common reasons individuals visit my podiatrist office is for heel discomfort. Movement 101, Wolli Creek is an excellent resource for this. Heel discomfort refers to any pain that originates on the underside of the heel and extends to the back of the heel. There are a variety of causes for heel pain, so it’s critical that you get a proper diagnosis before beginning treatment. When a patient comes in with heel discomfort, I take a thorough history of their problem. I’d like to know the sort of discomfort (dull/sharp), when it becomes worse, how much activity and training you’ve done, and if you’ve had any past injuries that might be related. Heel discomfort is usually stronger in the mornings or after extended periods of inactivity, and it can be aggravated by standing on hard floors or running.


Plantar fasciitis, also known as plantar fasciosis, is the most prevalent cause of heel discomfort. The plantar fascia is a thick, fibrous structure that begins beneath the heel and ends beneath the toes. When you stretch your toes back and run your palm over the arch, you can feel the planter fascia. Its primary function is to support the arch of the foot while also contracting the foot to produce tension for push-off. A plantar fascia injury can occur as a result of a significant blow or trauma to the area, but it is less prevalent than a repetitive, overuse injury. Any action or movement that puts more strain on the plantar fascia or lengthens the time it is contracted can aggravate the problem. Foot posture, foot form, shoe wear, occupation, and physical activity all have an impact on this. Tight calf muscles overload the forefoot, increasing tension on the plantar fascia – this is common in women who wear high-heeled shoes on a daily basis. Micro-tears can occur inside the plantar fascia’s fibres, resulting in pain and inflammation in the heel area. It is usually treated as an acute injury for the first month of symptoms, but as symptoms persist, it is considered a chronic injury. When cancer is detected early, the prognosis is usually better.

Unfortunately, as we get older, the structure’s flexibility and durability begin to deteriorate. Heel pain might be triggered by weight gain or a sudden increase in exercise that would not have occurred earlier. As we age, these structures lose their suppleness and can no longer cope with the stresses applied to them, similar to many other foot and leg diseases including achilles tendinitis. When starting a running programme, it’s vital to gradually increase the duration and intensity of your workouts.

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Movement 101
Shop 53/95 Bonar St, Wolli Creek, NSW 2205
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