Posture Podiatry Heel Pain

Is Heel Pain Killing You?

Is Your Heel Pain Really Plantar Fasciitis?

If your heel pain has failed to heal itself and has been present for a long time, the heel bone will sometimes try to protect itself at the thick attachment beneath the heel by calcifying and giving the plantar fascia something better to “grip” on to. This is a “heel spur”, and by itself is not a problem. However, if there is inflammation associated with the heel spur or, if the heel spur is fractured, it can become very painful with walking.

Believe it or not, a vast number of cases of heel pain that are diagnosed as plantar fasciitis are not actually plantar fasciitis at all! This is because of the muscle and nerve interactions with the heel that may also produce similar symptoms, but require different treatment.

A vast number of cases of heel pain that are diagnosed as plantar fasciitis are not actually plantar fasciitis at all! Click To Tweet

So, if your painful heel has not responded to traditional therapy, there may be something else that has been missed. The Adelaide Podiatrists at Posture Podiatry are trained to find these obscure problems and have many tools at their disposal to ensure your diagnosis is accurate and treatment is effective.

Call us today on 8362 5900 to speak with a podiatrist if you have any questions about your heel problem. Alternatively, click here to book an appointment online. Ask about our “Initial Low Gap or Gap Free* Assessment”

On the other hand…

If you wake up in the morning and your heels are painful, or if you get painful heels with arising from rest, you may well have a condition known as plantar fasciitis. Prolonged periods of standing, walking and running can also exacerbate plantar fasciitis. Given there are many possible causes of heel pain, the diagnosis is very important for effective treatment.

The right diagnosis is important…

In older clients, similar symptoms may be experienced and referred to as plantar fasciosis which better describes degenerative changes rather than the all too common acute plantar fascial injury.

Plantar Fasciitis is the term that refers to inflammation (“-itis”) of the connective tissue (“Fascia”) under the base of the foot (“Plantar”). It usually occurs at the point where the plantar fascia originates at the heel bone.

The plantar fascia itself is one of the strongest structures in your body. Studies have shown up to 30 times your body weight can be loaded through the plantar fascia with heavy impact. Naturally the ‘weakest point’, therefore, is the attachment point to the heel bone.

Heel pain treatment will vary depending on the cause. Other causes of pain in the heel can include:

  • Arthritis in its various forms
  • Bursitis below the foot or behind the heel bone
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Joint subluxation
  • Cuboid syndrome or subluxation
  • Stress fracture
  • Bone cyst or tumour
  • Osteomyelitis
  • Spinal stenosis and sometimes even a prolapsed intervertebral disc can cause pain in the heel.

So It’s crucial to diagnose the exact cause of your heel pain to ensure treatment is appropriate and effective.

Contact Us if you’re ready to take back control and permanently resolve your heel pain. Click here to book an appointment online. Ask about our “Initial Low Gap or Gap Free* Assessment”

What to expect in your consult?

On arrival, you’ll be greeted with a smile and invited to enjoy a complimentary foot massage or a beautiful herbal tea. (Say yes when offered… we love spoiling our clients!)

You’ll meet your podiatrist, who will listen to your history, work with you to perform a thorough assessment and begin treatment to get to the bottom of your concerns.

Your time is valuable, so you can complete your client forms either in person or online before your appointment to make things run smoothly. If you have any questions at all, please feel free to ask. We’re here to help!

We’ll stay in touch by sending personal emails or SMS (not bulk spam), and also ask for feedback after your appointments so we can continue to improve our service to you.


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