Heel pain can stem from an acute injury or a chronic biomechanical issue. Depending on the type of pain and the location, a treatment plan can be discussed between the patient and Chiropodist.
Heel pain can be caused by what is called a bone spur. This forms when the band of tissue attached to your heel bone (calcaneus) is under constant stress, pulling on the attachment site. An x-ray prescribed by your family doctor can definitively determine if a heel spur is present.
Long-term treatment usually involves orthotic therapy, as a means to off-load the areas of increased pressure and to limit the strain on the soft tissues of the foot.
Many other treatment options are available, depending on the underlying cause. Therapeutic ultrasound, laser therapy, corticosteroid injections and orthotic modifications are just some of the ways heel pain can be addressed.