Heel pain is a common complaint that can be mild or severe. It can clear up naturally over a few weeks but persistent pain can be an indicator of a chronic condition. The most common form of heel pain is inflammation or degeneration of the plantar fascia ligament, which is caused by repetitive stress on the pad of the heel rather than a single injury. It is known as plantar fasciitis and is particular common in runners.
What causes heel pain?
Contributory factors can be prolonged exercise, poor shoe design, weakness in the arches of the foot or a nerve entrapment. The condition can be distressing as it undermines daily activities such as walking, running and employment for those whose job involves periods of standing
Treatment for heel pain
The majority of cases can clear with rest, lifestyle modification, medication and the use of shoe insoles to correct foot posture. Ultrasound treatment maybe effective in addressing inflammation and, in some cases, surgery may be required to release part of the plantar fascia.
Plantar fasciitis is often a stubborn injury that takes months to improve so it is important to see a specialist early on to develop a progressive treatment pathway before any further damage is caused. With medical history, scans and physical examinations, consultants can pinpoint the cause and devise surgical routes and physiotherapy programmes to provide lasting relief.
To ask a question, make an enquiry or book an appointment, contact our specialist team on 0207 806 4044 or [email protected], the team are available between Monday – Friday 8am – 6pm and on Saturday from 9.00am to 3.00pm. Our foot and ankle team have a dedicated and caring approach and will seek to find you the earliest appointment possible with the correct specialist for your needs.
If you do not have a GP, then we have an in-house private GP practice that you can use. Alternatively we can suggest the most appropriate course of action for you to take, given your location and individual circumstance.