Causes of Heel Pain
Updated: Jul 6
Heel pain is a common foot pathology affecting up to 10% of the UK population, being more common amongst females. Caused of heel pain can be varied. Standing for long periods of time, sudden increases in activity, weight increase, inappropriate footwear and structural problems of the feet are some of the factors that can contribute to the development of heel pain.
Heel pain is an umbrella term and it is not a diagnosis. Many people confuse heel pain with plantar fasciitis, a diagnosis for heel pain.
Other causes of heel pain include nerve entrapment or Baxter’s neuropathy, bursitis and stress fracture.
During the summer months, due to the change in footwear to less protective footwear and an increase in activities, at The Sussex Movement Clinic- Eastbourne, we experience an increase in patients’ complaints about heel pain. To reduce the risks of developing heel pain, ensure to wear appropriate footwear if going for walks or if standing for long periods of time. Also avoid wearing flip-flops for long periods of time. Heel pain can take weeks if not months to resolve, so prevention is the best cure.
Podiatrists are foot specialist able to assess, diagnose and treat problem of the feet including foot pain and heel pain. If you are having trouble with heel pain or foot pain, or any other issue with your feet or lower legs, please contact us. Our experienced staff will be happy to help.
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