Heel pain is one of the most common problems that a podiatrist treats. It's very common in adults and is often the result of daily activities and exercise. The heel is designed to support the weight of your body. When you are walking and running the heel absorbs the impact when your feet hit the ground. During walking, the stress placed on the feet can be one-and-a-quarter times your body weight. This increases when you are running.
Unfortunately, heel pain can get worse if left untreated. Your gait can change due to you being aware of the pain and trying to avoid placing weight onto the heel. In turn, an altered gait can cause problems with the rest of the feet, the knees, the hips, and even the back.
Initially, resting can help to relieve the symptoms. Avoiding standing for long periods or walking long distances can be beneficial. If the area is inflamed, wrap an ice pack in a towel and apply to the area for 20 minutes several times a day. A change to your footwear may be recommended. A shoe that offers support and cushioning would be beneficial for patients with heel pain.
If the pain is severe, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen can be taken, and your podiatrist may prescribe strengthening and stretching exercises. If the heel pain is caused by a biomechanical abnormality, orthotics can be made by your podiatrist to correct the underlying problem.
As a company we are able to help you with all of the above with simple assessments and treatments to ensure we are treating the affected area in the correct way.
We can also create customised insoles where we will ensure we are creating the perfect insole for your shoe to reduce the risk of any of the above from happening or in some cases reappearing. These are created bespoke to you and are individual to your feet.