Heel pain, heel spur and Haglund's heel - causes, therapy and exercises
With every step we take over the day, our feet deal with a lot of weight on a daily basis. Because of the amount of stress our heels are constantly under, it’s no wonder that they can become quite painful! Unfortunately for people who suffer from Haglund’s deformity, heel spurs and other heel problems, the pain can make walking even just a few steps feel unbearable. In our dossier, you can find all the information you need to know on how these heel conditions arise, and how to effectively alleviate the pain.
Common Causes Of Heel Pain And Heel Injuries
What Is Haglund’s Deformity? Our feet bear the weight of the body and facilitate the transfer of power from our lower legs. The ligaments, tendons and bones in our feet all serve crucial roles that...
What Is Heel Pain? The feet support the body’s weight and facilitates movement. The heel bone (Calcaneus) is the posterior part of our foot and performs crucial functions in our everyday life. Thi...
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Frequently Asked Questions / FAQS About Heel Pain
How Do I Get Rid Of Heel Pain?
While heel pain is treated differently depending on the cause, there are a few main ways to treat it in any situation, including RICE (rest, ice, compress, elevate), wearing proper-fitting shoes, using anti-inflammatories like ibuprofen, wearing targeted insoles and heel pads and stretching the muscles around the affected area.
What Causes Heel Pain?
Heel pain can come from a range of issues, but the more common causes are plantar fasciitis at the base of the heel, achilles tendinitis at the back of the heel and bone spurs that aggravate the tendons and muscles in the heel.
Does Exercising Make Heel Pain Worse?
If you've injured yourself or find that pressure causes pain, it's important to rest the heel and avoid strenuous exercise for a week or two. Stretching the heel and ankle, massage and gentle are recommended in this time.
Do Insoles Help With Heel Pain?
Insoles have shown to be highly effective in treating a wide range of issues in the foot, ankles and legs. Wearing the correct insoles help to adjust posture and relive heel pain on a daily basis.
Should I See A Doctor For Heel Pain?
There is a range of cases where it's best to seek medical help for heel pain. These include (but are not limited to) increasingly severe pain, chronic pain (lasting more than 2 weeks), bleeding or bad bruising, disfigurement of the foot or when you're not able to stand on the heel without serious pain. If you're in doubt, call your GP to confirm the best way to proceed.
How Do I Know If I Have Heel Spurs?
Heel spurs are small bony protrusions that can irritate the surrounding tissue and cartilage, causing inflammation, pain and discomfort. If you're experiencing heel pain, a doctor can refer you to an X-ray to check if there are heel spurs causing the pain.
How Long Does Plantar Fasciitis Last?
Plantar fasciitis can last anywhere from 1-6 months, depending on treatment and severity. It's important to rest and recover the muscle while treating it for the most effective and lasting result.
Why Do My Heels Hurt When I Walk?
Heel pain while walking can come from a wide range of causes including strained muscles, heel spurs or other injury. If the pain doesn't subside after 10 minutes, it's best to see your GP to diagnose and treat the problem.
How Long Do Heel Spurs Last?
Heel spurs never go away by themselves and must be treated. The good news is that in most cases, conservative treatment at home can see the spurs go away in 6-9 months, with more serious cases requiring surgical treatment.