Heel pain is often caused by plantar fasciitis, a condition that is sometimes associated with heel spurs. However, Heel pain may also be due to other causes, such as a stress fracture, tendinitis, arthritis, nerve irritation, bruising or rarely a cyst.
Because there are several potential causes, it is important to have heel pain properly diagnosed to determine the underlying source of your heel pain. Poor biomechanics of the foot, ankle and lower limb are major contributors to the cause of heel pain.
Chiropractors often find that the lower back and pelvis play a significant part because of the nerve supply to the lower limb.
Treatment can begin at home:
- Stretching exercises. Choose exercises that stretch out the calf muscles and foot.
- Avoid barefoot. Especially in the initial stages (indoors also).
- Putting an ice pack on your heel for 20 minutes several times a day. Also rolling a frozen water filled soft drink bottle under your foot helps reduce plantar fascia inflammation.
- Rest. Cut down on activities that increase pain.
- Shoe modifications. Wearing supportive shoes that have good arch support.
Long term care:
- Addressing biomechanics is very important to long term resolution of symptoms. Also a strategy for appropriate footwear will be needed to assist any treatment.
- Limit bare feet on hard surfaces.
- Properly fitted shoes for impacting activities – even if only standing for long periods.
As with most conditions the sooner treatment can commence the sooner healing starts and you can get back to the things you enjoy. But most importantly a thorough examination needs be performed to identify the underlying cause and ensure treatment will continue to complete resolution of the condition.
So if you or someone you know is experiencing heel pain regardless of the perceived source why not get a thorough examination to get to the underlying cause.
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