Heel Pain Treatment in Ascot Vale

Heel Pain

Heel pain is painful. Heel pain is complex. Heel pain can be debilitating.

The condition that causes more people to cry in the knowledge that they will get better is heel pain.

Pain in the heel can manifest in several areas and be caused by different factors. Mechanical causes, particularly related to the tendo Achilles’ connection to the heel, are common. These issues may lead to a bone spur, which, while seemingly painful on an x-ray, may not actually cause any discomfort.

The presence of such a bone spur can will increase the risk of its irritation from the hard heel counter of a shoe. Sometimes this rubbing at the back of the heel can lead to a blister. If the rubbing from the heel counter of the shoe is a little less, a soft swelling can form under the skin (bursa) which can then become inflamed if the rubbing continues for too long (bursitis). Sometimes this bursitis occurs because of an inflammatory joint condition such as psoriatic arthritis.

Heel Pain Ascot Vale
Heel Pain Treatment Ascot Vale

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Pain in the heel’s body might be due to bone inflammation (osteitis), and a deeper soreness could indicate a stress fracture in the calcaneum. This heel pain can occur from routine activities, like crouching in gardening or managing young children. Not properly conditioning your body for new or increased walking or running can lead to pain or injuries in your legs and feet, including the heels.

If you experience heel pain on the underside of your foot, it may be because there’s not enough natural fatty cushioning under the weight-bearing parts of your feet. This condition can cause bruising in the plantar medial calcaneal tubercle, especially when you’re in hard-soled footwear.

Heel Spur and Plantar Fasciitis

Ascot Vale Heel Pain Treatment

Causes of Heel Pain

At times, pain in the heel could be due to a small nerve on the heel’s underside getting irritated by the muscle above it. It’s important to accurately diagnose these conditions to create the best plan for effective relief.

Sometimes treatment might involve simple cushioning, exercises and massage. The thoughtful use of heat and ice, as well as dry needling have been shown to help. There are times when anti inflammatory medication perhaps even injections of corticosteroid and the use of an ankle walker (moon boot) is required for early relief.

Orthotic Therapy

The purpose of orthotic therapy is to shift weight-bearing pressures from the painful area and guide foot movement to decrease strain on the plantar fascia and spur. Surgical intervention for releasing the fascia is needed in a minority of cases. Additionally, extra corporeal shockwave therapy has shown effectiveness in reducing heel spur and plantar fasciitis pain.

Heel spurs treatment Ascot Vale
Ascot Vale Heel spurs treatment

Severs Disease

Active children may experience heel pain due to damage at the heel’s rear (known as Severs Disease), often caused by the repeated strain from a robust calf muscle and tendo Achilles. Accurate diagnosis is crucial to ensure that the best treatment is provided for both relief and recovery.

Our podiatrists are highly skilled in diagnosis and the management of heel pain.

If you would like more information, please call our Brunswick Foot Clinic on (03) 9387 8555 or Sandringham Foot Clinic (03) 9555 6555 or click below to book online. 

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