Heel pain is a common foot condition. It's usually felt as an intense pain when using the affected heel. Heel pain usually builds up gradually and gets worse over time. The pain is often severe and occurs when you place weight on your heel. Heel pain has a number of causes that are typically associated with overuse of the heel bone. You can strain your heel by pounding your feet on hard surfaces, being overweight or wearing shoes that do not fit properly. These strains can irritate the heel’s bones, muscles or tendons.
HOW IS HEEL PAIN DIAGNOSED?
The health care practitioner will perform a physical examination and ask for details of the symptoms and medical history. The doctor may advise further tests that include blood tests, X-rays, a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan or an ultrasound scan.
HOW IS HEEL PAIN TREATED?
Treatment of heel pain depends on the underlying cause. If it is due to overweight, then weight reduction efforts need to be taken. If it is due to any sprain or fracture, then a cast of a crepe bandage is needed. For minor pain, rest and a cold compress ought to relieve the pain.
DID YOU KNOW?
If you are unable to move your heel joints properly, you must immediately consult a doctor.