Heel Aches

Overview

Foot Pain

The most common cause of Heel Pain is plantar fasciitis which is commonly referred to as a heel spur. Plantar fascia is a broad band of fibrous tissue which runs along the bottom surface of the foot, from the heel to the toes. Plantar fasciitis is a condition in which the plantar fascia is inflamed. This condition can be very painful and cause a considerable amount of suffering.

Causes

The most common cause of heel pain is plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is a stretching of the plantar fascia, a ligament that runs from the ball of foot through the arch and is attached to the heel. It is that attachment which becomes aggravated and typically causes pain after being on your feet for lengths of time. Abnormal motion of the foot (pronation) is one cause of plantar fasciitis. Heel spurs, which are abnormal bone growths coming off the heel, can also cause heel pain. Other causes include repetitive stress or shock to the heel, standing for prolonged periods or osteoarthritis.

Symptoms

Symptoms include a dull ache which is felt most of the time with episodes of a sharp pain in the centre of the heel or on the inside margin of the heel. Often the pain is worse on first rising in the morning and after rest and is aggravated by prolonged weight bearing & thin soled shoes.

Diagnosis

In most cases, your GP or a podiatrist (a specialist in foot problems and foot care) should be able to diagnose the cause of your heel pain by asking about your symptoms and medical history, examining your heel and foot.

Non Surgical Treatment

When consulting a doctor about heel pain, a patient can expect to be questioned about their level of pain, how long they?ve been experiencing it, and which activities aggravate or alleviate the condition. The doctor may order x-rays, a physical therapy regimen, or refer the afflicted individual to an orthopedic specialist for further examination. The doctor may attempt to recreate conditions that cause the heel pain to flare up in order to study reaction and cause in the patient, but this will be temporary and the doctor will stop this test at the request of the patient. A patient with heel pain may also be fitted with special inserts for their shoes to help correct arch and heel problems that cause pain. Heel problems can range from the mildly irritating to the nearly devastating, but proper prevention in care will help keep each step pain free. Advanced orthopedics, pain management, and technologically-honed surgical techniques ensure that no patient needs to suffer with the discomfort of heel pain and the restrictions it imposes on an active lifestyle.

Surgical Treatment

It is rare to need an operation for heel pain. It would only be offered if all simpler treatments have failed and, in particular, you are a reasonable weight for your height and the stresses on your heel cannot be improved by modifying your activities or footwear. The aim of an operation is to release part of the plantar fascia from the heel bone and reduce the tension in it. Many surgeons would also explore and free the small nerves on the inner side of your heel as these are sometimes trapped by bands of tight tissue. This sort of surgery can be done through a cut about 3cm long on the inner side of your heel. Recently there has been a lot of interest in doing the operation by keyhole surgery, but this has not yet been proven to be effective and safe. Most people who have an operation are better afterwards, but it can take months to get the benefit of the operation and the wound can take a while to heal fully. Tingling or numbness on the side of the heel may occur after operation.

Prevention

Heel Discomfort

You should always wear footwear that is appropriate for your environment and day-to-day activities. Wearing high heels when you go out in the evening is unlikely to be harmful. However, wearing them all week at work may damage your feet, particularly if your job involves a lot of walking or standing. Ideally, you should wear shoes with laces and a low to moderate heel that supports and cushions your arches and heels. Avoid wearing shoes with no heels. Do not walk barefoot on hard ground, particularly while on holiday. Many cases of heel pain occur when a person protects their feet for 50 weeks of the year and then suddenly walks barefoot while on holiday. Their feet are not accustomed to the extra pressure, which causes heel pain. If you do a physical activity, such as running or another form of exercise that places additional strain on your feet, you should replace your sports shoes regularly. Most experts recommend that sports shoes should be replaced after you have done about 500 miles in them. It is also a good idea to always stretch after exercising, and to make strength and flexibility training a part of your regular exercise routine.

Remedies For Curing Heel Pain

Plantar Fasciitis is inflammation of the band of tissue (the fascia) that extends from the heel to the toes. The Fascia becomes irritated and inflamed and this results in the pain in the heel of the foot. Some patients describe this pain as worse when they get up after sleeping or sitting for long periods of time and also when standing stationary for long periods of time. Maintaining flexible and strong muscles in your calves, ankles, and feet can help prevent some types of heel pain. Always stretch and warm-up before exercising.

A couple of herbal natural treatments to help reduce heel pain is Turmeric and Boswellia. Take some Turmeric to help reduce the stiffness and pain of your heel. Follow the directions on the label when taking turmeric. Next is Boswellia, which can help reduce the swelling and pain of heel pain. A product that has boswellia in it is called Inflavonoid Intensive Care, which works great to help reduce heel pain. You can take a product that contains both turmeric and boswellia to double the effectiveness and reduce inflammation and pain.heel pain in children

Heel spur is a common problem. It’s characterized by pain and discomfort while walking. It is caused by calcium deposit on the heelsIt is something that can affect people of every age, from young champs to grandparents nobody is immune to it. read more Heel spurs can be very annoying. Sometimes the patient might experience mild pain but on the other hand the pain can turn severe. It’s not a major problem and there are many things one can do for heel spur relief, but before curing one has to understand the symptoms of heel spur properly. read more

Both the plantar fascia and the Achilles’ tendon attach to the calcaneus. The connections are separate in the adult foot. Although they function separately, there is an indirect relationship. If the toes are pulled back toward the face, the plantar fascia tightens up. This position is very painful for someone with plantar fasciitis. Force generated in the Achilles’ tendon increases the strain on the plantar fascia. This is called the windlass mechanism Later, we’ll discuss how this mechanism is used to treat plantar fasciitis with stretching and night splints. Plantar fasciitis can come from a number of underlying causes. Finding the precise reason for the heel pain is sometimes difficult.heel pain in morning

Another common culprit is the shape of the toe box. A pointed toe box squishes those little piggies causing bunion pain, ingrown toenails or even hammertoes. Blister and painful calluses can also develop from the abnormal pressure of those cramped toes. A round or square toe box allows more natural movement for the toes is generally less likely to cause trouble. Not everyone can choose sensible shoes, but there are still many options to fit any professional outfit. It is omportant that you consider your unique foot structure, any prior areas of foot pain, and then you will make better shoe choices.