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HEEL PAIN

Heel pain is a fairly typical foot issue. Plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendinitis, which affect the area where the Achilles tendon attaches to the heel bone, are the two most common locations of discomfort for the afflicted person.

 

Although heel discomfort is rarely dangerous, it can be extremely painful and occasionally incapacitating. The majority of the time, heel pain is minor and goes away on its own; nevertheless, in rare circumstances, it may linger and turn chronic (long-term).

 

The human foot consists of 26 bones, the largest of which is the heel (calcaneus). The purpose of the human heel is to sustain the body's weight rigidly. It cushions the force of our foot as it strikes the ground whether we run or walk, propelling us forward into the next step. According to experts, a foot may experience stress equivalent to 1.25 times its own body weight when walking and 2.75 times when sprinting. As a result, the heel is susceptible to harm and eventually discomfort.

 

Heel discomfort is typically caused by a mechanical issue. Infections, autoimmune disorders, trauma, neurological disorders, arthritis, and other systemic conditions (ailments affecting the entire body) may potentially be the reason.

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Conservative Treatment:

  • Changing to a more shock-absorbing exercise surface

  • Switching to shoes with arch support or trying heel cups or other orthotics to cushion the heel

  • Applying athletic tape to your foot to support muscles and ligaments

  • Wearing night splints to continue stretching your foot while you sleep

  • Decreasing distances and duration of walking or running

  • Switching from jumping or running to swimming or cycling

  • Icing

  • Medication

If symptoms continue after two months, steroid injections are offered to decrease inflammation and aid in relieving pain.

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