The heel of the foot is prone to many conditions, during walking the heel takes a lot of force with every step that is taken. The heel is made up of many different structures, including the calcaneus (heel bone) which has many tendons and ligament attachments, bursa, and a fat pad on the plantar aspect. In most cases heel pain is contributed from a mechanical cause, other causes include trauma, neurological, arthritis, infections,and autoimmune conditions.
The most common cause of pain in the heel is plantar fasciitis, which is an inflammation of the strong band of tissue which runs across the bottom of the foot, assisting with arch formation. There are many other reasons someone may get pain in the heel.
Other common causes of heel pain are:
The causes of heel pain may remain unclear, however a number of different factors can contribute to pain such as:
Can also be associated with inflammatory conditions such as psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis and Reiter’s syndrome.
Symptoms depend on the conditions causing the discomfort and may include:
Some tests may be helpful in ruling out other problems, blood tests may be done for arthritis. X-ray can show cartilage or bone damage on and around the calcaneus.Occasionally an MRI scan may be used for further investigation of bone and soft tissue around the heel.
Heel pain can be assessed during a biomechanical appointment, where a podiatrist carries out specific lower limb assessments, seated, standing, and walking. A thorough medical history will be obtained which is vital in progressing towards a diagnosis. Lifestyle factors also have an important contribution towards the treatment plan outcome. The advice and treatment plan is completely dependent on the diagnoses and the information gained from the assessment, treatments can include the following:
Podiatrist may give advice regarding use of painkillers such as paracetamol or anti-inflammatory medicines to help to reduce pain.
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