Chronic Heel Pain20th October 2017
Chronic heel pain is something that millions of people are affected by every day. Unfortunately, most people that suffer with heel pain are reluctant to get treatment because they believe it’s normal or they don’t have time to attend appointments. However, without receiving treatment, the pain can increase and other foot health conditions can develop.
When experiencing pain in your heels, it’s important to make an appointment with a foot health professional who improve the overall health of your feet through regular treatments.
What causes chronic heel pain?
There are a variety of things that can cause heel pain, however, the most common reason is plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is inflammation of the plantar fascia – the muscle at the base of the foot that extends forwards from the heel. Individuals that have flat feet or overly high arches are more prone to developing plantar fasciitis. Over time, the fascia becomes irritated, strained and tender therefore resulting in heel pain.
Some of the other causes of severe heel pain include:
- Being overweight
Being overweight puts extra force on the heels of your feet. If an individual has been experiencing heel pain for a long period of time and they are overweight, losing weight could reduce the chronic heel pain significantly.
- Standing for a long period of time
Standing for an extended amount of time places more pressure on the base of the feet than walking or running. This pressure builds up and eventually causes heel pain. One of the ways to avoid this is by sitting down regularly and wearing comfortable shoes.
- Heel bursitis
Heel bursitis is a condition that is caused by landing hard on the heel of your foot or as a result of continuously wearing tight-fitted shoes. Pain is usually experienced deep within the heel or at the back of the heel.
- Achilles Tendonitis
Achilles tendonitis refers to inflammation of the Achilles tendon – the tendon that’s attached to the heel bone. The condition is often caused by trauma or overuse. In most cases, chronic heel pain and discomfort is experienced at the back of the heel and in the lower ankle. Treatment is available for Achilles tendonitis, however, it can take several months for the pain to subside.
Our professional foot health treatments
We have a team of dedicated foot health assistants that have several years’ experience in providing high quality foot care treatments to individuals throughout Lancashire, North Yorkshire and Cheshire. All our professional treatments can be performed at our friendly clinic or in the comfort of your own home and each of our treatments are suitable for diabetics.
If you would like to find out more about the foot care treatments we provide or if you have a few questions that you would like to ask one of our foot care assistants, please don’t hesitate to contact a member of our team.
Call our office on 0333 3583838 or email us at [email protected] and we’ll be happy to discuss our services in more detail and answer any of your questions.