Why Do My Heels Hurt? | Heel Pain

Plantar fasciitis, heel pain, and heel spurs

One of the most common foot problems seen at TFC Podiatry Yarraville & Point Cook is heel pain.

For most of our patients with this problem, their pain is located directly underneath the heel and is worst when getting out of bed in the morning. Once you warm up and get moving the pain often settles. The pain can also return after periods of rest or non-weight bearing. Over time without treatment, this pain can become worse and scar tissue can develop. The pain starts as slight discomfort and over time becomes more severe. As a result, you may begin limping to offset the pain, ultimately leading to further injury or pain.

The most common diagnosis is plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is usually detectable on ultrasound and occasionally, troublesome heel spurs may be present. More often than not, the plantar fascia is the structure that causes pain rather than the heel spur itself.

Some of the causes of heel pain:

  • Trauma from sport or athletic activities.
  • Foot posture-related (ie. a pronated or supinated foot type)
  • Muscle tightness in the calf.
  • Inappropriate runners (ie. runners with too little or too much rear or midfoot control)

What our assessment involves:

At TFC Podiatry, we will perform a biomechanical assessment in order to determine the level of reduced movement in any joints or apparent muscle contractures. In addition to this assessment, we perform a thorough barefoot gait analysis. We can then look at your footwear to determine if your current runner is appropriate.

Treatment types:

If your heel pain is left untreated, troublesome scar tissue and plantar fascial tears may develop.

Book in now to see a podiatrist at TFC Podiatry and get your heel pain sorted!