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Information Guide on Heel Pain and How to Fix it!

Are you suffering from heel pain?

It can be said without a doubt that heel and foot complaints have risen in the past ten years. There are a number of factors that have led to the increase in heel and foot complaints. Men and women are becoming more and more active – working several jobs, playing sports professionally and for a healthier lifestyle, partying all night long and being involved in other types of physical activities which put more strain and pressure on the foot. Heel pain is most often caused by the foot condition known as plantar fasciitis even though other conditions can also result in heel pain including arthritis, tendonitis or stress fracture. 

According to the university of Maryland medical centre, heel pain is also caused by:

 

Where is heel pain normally felt?

Someone suffering from heel pain will feel pain in the arch of the foot and under the heel. In addition, the pain will become worse when the person stands up and will increase as time progresses. Those suffering from heel pain caused by plantar fasciitis will feel the pain in their heel the worst in the morning when they get up and get out of bed. The pain might be so intense that they might not even be able to stand on their two feet but as soon as they do and they start moving around, the pain will lessen. However, if they would sit down or rest for long periods, the pain would increase. 

When should heel pain be taken seriously?

According to NHS Heel Pain should be taken seriously if it is persistent and does not stop even after weeks of trying self-help measures to resolve it. Based on your symptoms, medical history and examination of your heel and your foot, your GP will be able to determine the cause of your heel pain and will be able to prescribe the appropriate medications. In some cases, an x-ray may also be needed to distinguish the type of heel pain that you are suffering from. 

Some questions that you can expect while the doctor is conducting a physical examination of your foot are:

When did the heel pain begin? Have you ever had this type of heel pain before?
Does it get worse after you exercise or partake in physical activities for a prolonged period? Is the pain sharp and stabbing or dull and aching?

How can heel pain be treated?

Many people who have the question, What is Heel Pain & How Do I Treat it? tend to look for non-surgical treatments first before consulting a GP. Below are a few examples of non-surgical treatments which you can start at home and if they do not lead to an improvement in your condition, you can proceed to seeing the GP.

 

Stretching Exercises

Stretching the calf muscles will assist with easing heel pain and will definitely help with a speedy recovery.

Shoe Modifications

Shoes with a good arch support reduces the stress placed on the plantar fascia.

Medications

Medications such as ibuprofen help to reduce the inflammation and the pain.

Ice

Putting ice on the area that hurts helps to reduce the inflammation.

Surgical Treatments for Heel Pain

If the above non-surgical treatments do not help with your condition, your GP might suggest extracorporeal shock wave therapy or surgery. 

Shock wave therapy uses sound waves which are aimed at the affected area. These waves encourages and stimulates healing. This form of treatment is only recommended for chronic cases.   
  In terms of surgery, the plantar fascia is detached from the heel bone which weakens the arch of the bone. This is not the most recommended treatment and is only suggested when non-surgical treatment do not work. 

Prevention is the best cure!

It is often said that prevention is the best cure so the best option is for you to take the necessary steps to prevent the conditions that would lead to heel pain. This means that you need to make sure that the muscles in the ankles, feet and calves should be maintained as strong and flexible as possible. In addition, you should always make sure that you wear shoes that are comfortable and properly fitted. They should have good arch support and sufficient cushioning. In addition, make sure that your toes have enough room to move around. If you are a woman, be sure to stay away from high heels. Many women are experiencing agonizing foot conditions due to the fact that they wear shoes with heels that are too high. You need to take the best possible care of your feet. 

Interesting Facts on Heel Pain

In conclusion, here are some interesting facts of heel pain. More information about heel pain can be found here.

The location where heel pain is mostly felt is either behind or under the heel.

The majority of people suffering from heel pain recover with self-help treatments within months.

Reducing the stress on your foot is the fastest way of reducing heel pain.

 

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Please read what some of our satisfied clients have said about our services and our treatment methods.

I am 35 years old and have put on a lot of weight recently. One month back I started feeling severe pain in my heel. So, I consulted Behaf Plantar fasciitis and started treatment. I am glad because now I feel much better and my heel pain is gone.
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My mother is suffering from plantar fasciitis. We tried many treatment options but the condition only became worse. So, finally I contacted Behaf Plantar fasciitis and started their treatment. Now my mother is feeling much better and I am hopeful that she will get rid of this condition very soon.
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