Heel pain is one of the most common ailments affecting Australians and is usually caused by poor foot function that causes extra weight to be spread over the heel. It can be aggravated by long periods of standing, weight gain, aerobics or constant walking. The most widespread heel problem is plantar fasciitis, which is an inflammation of the fibrous material connecting the toes and heel.
The pain associated with plantar fasciitis can cause patients to walk on their toes or change their walking style, which can lead to pain in the back, hips or knee. The most effective form of treatment for plantar fasciitis is the use of orthotics. Stabilising the arch and reducing the stress on the plantar fascia, the orthotics are made to suit your biomechanics. James Pascoe Podiatry will also prescribe exercises to help correct the problem and alleviate pain.
Also known as Sever’s Disease, this pain generally affects children between the ages of 10 and 14 years. A common complaint from affected children is pain felt at the back, side or underpart of the heel while in motion.
Sever’s Disease is caused by repetitive stress placed on the heel bone from exercise, where the calf muscle and the Achilles tendon insert into the heel bone. The good news is that the combination of arch supports, rest and Achilles strengthening can help to treat Sever’s Disease.