Heel Pain

What is Heel Pain?

Among the various causes of heel pain, Plantar Fasciitis stands out as the most prevalent.

This condition manifests as discomfort in the heel or the arch of the foot, primarily noticeable when taking the first steps of the day. The pain characteristic of Plantar Fasciitis typically intensifies by day’s end and tends to exacerbate following periods of inactivity. This pattern of pain upon the initial weight-bearing in the morning, followed by a gradual increase in discomfort through the day, underscores the importance of understanding and addressing Plantar Fasciitis for those affected by it.

A man holding his heel because of pain, close-up, vertical
What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar Fasciitis is a widespread issue affecting the foot and can impact individuals at any stage of life. While it is frequently linked to sports and physical activities, it is noteworthy that the condition can emerge without any prior history of significant activity or traumatic events.

For many sufferers, the onset of pain is sudden, presenting itself prominently upon first standing in the morning, without a discernible cause. However, in certain cases, the root of Plantar Fasciitis can be traced to mechanical factors, such as the individual’s foot posture or a specific injury. This variability in causation highlights the complexity of Plantar Fasciitis and the importance of a nuanced approach to diagnosis and treatment.

What are the Treatment Options for Plantar Fasciitis?

The strategic treatment approach for Plantar Fasciitis involves addressing underlying causes and providing rest to the affected area. Treatment options include:

  1. Arch Support: Wear supportive footwear and insoles to mitigate foot rolling.
  2. Stretching Exercises: Perform daily calf stretches to alleviate pain.
  3. Steroid Injection: Consider for persistent pain, but be aware of potential risks.
  4. Electrocorporeal Shock-Wave Therapy (ESWT): Shock waves target inflammation and pain.
  5. Immobilisation: Use a removable walker boot if necessary for up to six weeks.
  6. Surgery: Considered a last resort, with various procedures available.

Tailor treatment based on individual symptoms and responses to therapy.