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Solefix Podiatry incorporating Claremont Podiatry
53 Main Road, Claremont, Tasmania
Why Do I Have Heel Pain?
Heel pain is one of the most common foot complaints experienced by kids, adults and athletes. Heel pain is a term that we give to a number of conditions that can can cause pain surrounding the heel bone. It is mainly characterised by the location of pain, our patients usually describe pain on the bottom, behind or on the sides of the heel.
One of the most common injuries to the heel is Plantar Fasciitis which is a persistent heel problem affecting people of all ages. 1 in 10 people will develop plantar fasciitis in their lifetime. The plantar fascia is a ligament that runs from your heel bone along the sole of your foot to support your arch. It is crucial to standing, walking and running, and it is under strain a lot of the time which means if something is not quite right it can become thickened, inflamed and degenerative.
Morning heel pain is a very common problem and occurs most often in people suffering from plantar fasciitis and heel spurs. The heel pain is usually at its worst when you first get out of bed or when you get up from sitting/resting for a period of time.
A heel spur is a bony growth usually coming from underneath the heel bone, (calcaneus bone). They are often caused by excessive overuse and chronic inflammation where the connective tissue structures attach to the area of the heel bone. They are generally diagnosed via XRAY, most GP’s advise patients there is nothing they can do about a heel spur. Heel spurs can occur alone but are often related to underlying issues with other problems of the foot such as plantar fasciitis. Often a heel spur is not directly related to the pain you are experiencing and thus there are effective treatment options that can successfully treat your problem without the need for drugs, injections and surgery. So if the heel spur is not causing the pain the first step in treatment is finding out what exactly is causing the pain and providing treatment/solutions targeted at that.
Our heel pain treatment options have developed after seeing countless patients suffering from numerous types of heel pain, We treat many cases of heel pain and provide evidenced-based treatment options aimed at getting you back on your feet pain-free as fast as possible. Our goal when treating you is to determine the exact cause of this pain and then develop a treatment plan to not only relieve your pain but to prevent the problem from returning.
90% of cases of Plantar Fasciitis and heel pain can be treated without drugs, injections or surgery.
A comprehensive assessment which may include diagnostic imaging means we can identify exactly what is causing the pain. Finding out exactly what is injured and why it is occurring is an important step.
We use safe, effective and natural treatments to address your pain. Our treatment plans are based on ongoing reviews of medical literature and many years of experience treating heel pain conditions.
We often use a combination treatment based on the most appropriate for the person and problem at hand ;
Offloading Strapping Techniques
Splints, braces and socks
Strengthening & Stretching
Corrective Exercise Therapy
Orthotics & In-Shoe Modifications
Soft tissue therapy
Sometimes we also refer patients for extracorporeal shock wave therapy and cortisone injection therapy if treatment is un-responsive
We also work closely with general practitioners, sports medicine physicians and physiotherapists if deemed necessary.
In most cases, 5 – 10 appointments over a 3-6 month period is where we see the best results for our patients.