Heel Pain and Heel Spurs Treatment
Heel pain is a very common concern, in fact heel pain is the most common of all human foot complaints. Over 80% of Australians will have this problem at some point in their lives, so proper diagnosis and appropriate treatment of heel pain and heel spurs is extremely important, but often inaccurate and inappropriate.
Most of what you read and are told about heel pain is not accurate… not even close. Even heel pain information provided by some doctors, podiatrists and other health professions, is out-dated and incorrect, which is why so many people come to us having suffered this condition without relief from their previous heel pain treatment.
Common heel pain symptoms can include:
- a painful or bruising feeling first thing in the morning
- throbbing at the end of the day
- stiffness/soreness when standing up after sitting
- stabbing pain or dull ache during/after activity
There is much misinformation about heel pain, often leading to misdiagnosis.
Heel pain symptoms are most often diagnosed by a doctor, podiatrist or other practitioner as either heel spurs or plantar fasciitis but this is often not accurate.
So let's sort the fact from fiction…
FACT: Heel pain is the most common of all human foot complaints. Approximately 400,000 people in Australia suffer from heel pain at any particular time, and over 80% of Australians will require heel pain treatment at some point.
FACT: Heel pain is often misdiagnosed by podiatrists, doctors and other health practitioners.
FACT: Most heel pain is a result of faulty foot function ( biomechanics) associated with environmental factors
FACT: Heel spurs are a small calcification, which extends into the attachment of the connective tissues from the calcaneus (heel bone). This is easily observed on X-Ray and is very commonly misdiagnosed as the cause of your pain. Why? Because the wrong type of scan is used and only one foot is examined.
Do you know if you have a spur on the other heel, the heel without the pain? Probably… and the heel spur would have been there long before you had the pain, and will still be there long after the pain is gone. Heel spurs are not the actual cause of heel pain, and are virtually always a secondary observation or symptom caused by long term pulling on the heel bone.
FACT: Heel spurs are formed by the fascia, the muscle running along the bottom of the foot, being strained and repeatedly pulling on the heel bone. However, the spur itself rarely causes pain, it’s the degeneration of the surrounding plantar fascia or soft tissue that does.
FACT: Many people are icing their heel and taking anti-inflammatory medication or receiving cortisone injections for inflammation, when in many heel pain cases there is NO inflammation, and that is exactly why they’re NOT getting better?
FACT:. Most heel pain is definitely NOT inflammatory and is NOT Plantar Fasciitis. Most heel pain is actually Plantar Fasciosis not Plantar Fasciitis. Plantar fasciosis is failed regeneration of the connective tissues and therefore needs to be treated very differently.
FACT: Using anti-inflammatory medication and cortisone treatments for heel pain do not and never will fix it. Instead, these treatments may prolong the injury and increase the risk of further tissue damage.
The good news is at Foot & Leg Pain Clinics you can rely on nearly 20 years experience in the successful treatment of heel pain and concerns. Experienced and accurate diagnosis in conjunction with evidence based treatment plans, utilising the very latest medical research and treatments can put an end to your heel pain once and for all!
Other types of Heel Pain:
*Pain at the back of the heel is called Achilles Tendinopathy or Achilles Tendonitis – Read more…
*Children and teenagers may suffer from paediatric heel pain or Sever's Disease, also known as calcaneal apophysitis. This is an inflammation of the growth plate in the heel of growing children, typically adolescents. The condition is caused by repetitive stress to the heel and is particularly common in active children. It usually resolves once the bone has completed growth, there are various treatments to assist the associated heel pain.
*Plantar Fasciitis – Read more…
If you have any heel pain and would like to learn how to get better, then make an appointment today.
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