Heel Pain

Your Heel is a fascinating part of your body. How so? The heel bone, also known as the calcaneus, has been considered, by many,  to be one of the strongest bones within the human body. It plays an essential role in walking, running, sports and even wearing high heels. Dance is another activity that has high impact. A classical indian form of dancing known as “khattak” and “bharata natyam” are known for their use of hitting their heel to the floor to the beat of the music.They do so effortlessly and truly amazing to watch. This is just one great example of how much force heels can handle.  The foot heel and foot arch has remarkable abilities to withstand substantial force from daily activities. When the foot touches the ground, the heel absorbs the impact whilst supporting your body weight. Since it works so hard to keep you up right, it’s understandable that sometimes over exertion can cause foot heel pain.

Types Of Heel Pain:

    •    Achilles Tendon Pain
    •    Heel Spur
    •    Heel Bursitis
    •    Heel Bony bumps
    •    Plantar Fasciitis (PF)
    •    Sever’s Disease
    •    Stress Fracture
    •    Chronic Heel Pad Inflammation
    •    Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome*

*All the common heels problems above can be found in more details in other blogs later to come this week.

Almost a third of people suffer from heel pain at some point in their life. Sore heels develop over a period of time. Commonly linked to wearing flat shoes and flip flops. Flat footwear stretches the connective tissue, known as the plantar fascia,  which inserts at the base of the heel and expands up the foot.  Here it splits into several sections to the top of the metatarsals. The metatarsals are bones that are positioned in the balls of your feet. Considering the calcaneus is the largest bone in the foot, it is easy to understand why it is most susceptible to damage. It does not necessarily require injury or a traumatic event but rather repetitive stress.

DG Podiatrist can assess and help you with treatment and preventative advice. One step at a time!