Heel pain is a very common foot problem in which the patient usually feels pain either under the heel (plantar fasciitis) or just behind it. (Achilles tendinitis), where the Achilles tendon connects to the heel bone. Heel pain is typically mild and usually disappears on its own.Heel pain comes on gradually, with no injury to the affected area. It is frequently triggered by wearing a flat shoe, such as flip-flop sandals. Flat footwear may stretch the plantar fascia to such an extent that the area becomes swollen (inflamed). In most cases, the pain is under the foot, toward the front of the heel.
HOW IS HEEL PAIN DIAGNOSED?
While diagnosing heel pain, an orthopedician may conduct a complete examination of the leg and also evaluate your recent activities. He or she may order for an X-ray or a CT-scan to rule out fracture or a sprain.
HOW IS HEEL PAIN TREATED?
Treatment for heel pain depends on the kind of problem you suffer from like plantar fasciitis or heel spurs. You could be given a night splint and orthopaedic shoe support. Alongside, exercises and physiotherapy are also recommended. Hot and cold compress or soaks are also advised.
DID YOU KNOW?
If you are unable to move your heel joints properly, you must immediately consult a doctor.