Do you suffer with heel pain?
Heel pain is one of the most frequently seen conditions in the foot and ankle. It is important to know not all heel pain is ‘plantar fasciitis’ as the pain can stem from various structures, so the best management starts with a correct diagnosis.
Common source of pain in the heel
There are two common categories of heel pain that relate to the why we get injured or get symptoms.
1.Overuse –repetitive pulling, pressure or movement place stress on the tissues. The tissues can cope with some of this stress, but anything beyond this the tissues struggle to tolerate the load. This leads to pain and injury.
This could be due to:
- poor foot posture
- poor footwear
- weakness and lack of strength
- poor flexibility
- poor sporting technique
2.Acute tissue injury – a sudden movement that causes pain and overloads the tissue beyond its natural ability
Common reasons this occurs:
- landing heavily on the heel region
- running barefoot or in poorly cushioned shoes
At Sportsfit Physio and Health our team has years of experience in managing heel conditions.