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?
You can approach a General Physician or an Orthopedic to examine your foot. The normal symptoms would be sufficient for the doctor to conclude the nature of the pain. But an X-ray of the foot would help diagnose the condition and suggest a treatment.
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?
Being overweight can place excess pressure and strain on your feet, particularly on the heels. Losing weight and maintaining a healthy weight by combining regular exercise with a healthy, balanced diet can be beneficial for the feet.