Heel pain

Heel pain is very common and can be experienced by people of all ages. Pain that has been there more than a month, typically gets worse. If you get excruciating pain getti expert Podiatrist will be able to help you understand why you are experiencing pain and how to fix it. Book in an Initial biomechanical assessment.

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WHY AM I GETTING HEEL PAIN?

FLAT FEET

Flat Feet
Adult flat foot can be caused by a variety of foot problems. In many people, flat feet are symptomatic and cause foot pain, injuries and other complications.
Flat feet can be caused by genetics, weak arches which means the arch is visible when sitting down but flattens when standing up, foot/ankle injury, arthritis, Posterior Tibial tendon dysfunction, or nerve system or muscle conditions, such as cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy or spina bifida.
In most occasions, adult flat foot can be fixed by proper footwear, medical grade prescription orthotics and soft tissue rehabilitation and exercise.
Each flat foot is different and the cause is different. It is important to get your Podiatrist to check your feet and legs to determine the underlying cause and give you a tailored management plan.
If treated early, you can prevent surgery to fix flat feet. find out more.
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PLANTAR FASCIITIS

Plantar fasciitis causes pain at the heels and soles of the feet. The plantar fascia is a thick, weblike ligament that connects the heel to the front of the foot. It acts as a shock absorber and supports the arch of your foot, helping you walk.
It is a very common condition and can happen at any stage of life. The main reason behind this is biomechanics and foot posture. This can lead to too much wear and tear in the ligament, causing pain and inflammation of this fascia.
Planar fasciitis can be successfully treated by our expert Podiatrist. A comprehensive assessment on your feet and legs will be done to determine why you are getting plantar fasciitis and a tailored management plan will be given to you to help relieve pain and prevent this from happening again.
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HEEL SPURS

A heel spur is a condition caused by a bony-like growth made from calcium deposit. This spur extends between your heel bone and the arch of your foot. They may not be visible to the naked eye and can grow up to approx. 1.5cm in length.
Heel spurs can cause pain in the heel and If not treated early, heel spurs can start to affect other parts of your foot. If left untreated, they can become severe and may require surgery.
It is best to get your feet checked out by our expert Podiatrist to give you a tailored treatment plan to manage your heel spur.
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ACHILLES TENDINOPATHY

This condition causes pain, swelling and stiffness at the Achilles Tendon – this tendon joins your heel bone to your calf muscles. Achilles tendinopathy is caused by tiny tears to this tendon due to over-use from poor foot posture, running and other reasons. These tiny tears in the tendon do not heal properly as normal, causing build up of damage, leading to Achilles tendinopathy.
Some of the main reasons people get Achilles tendinopathy include:
  • Genetics can predispose you to this condition.
  • High arch foot type.
  • Overuse of this tendon, commonly seen in people who run regularly. This can also be a problem for dancers, people who play tennis and other sports which involves jumping.
  • Wearing inappropriate footwear for training or exercising.
  • Poor technique when training or exercising. e.g. poor running technique.
  • Training or exercising on hard or sloped surfaces.
  • Changing your training program. e.g. rapidly increasing the intensity and frequency of your training sessions.
Achilles tendinopathy is also commonly seen in people who have certain types of arthritis, such as ankylosing spondylitis or psoriatic arthritis. People who have health complications such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol or Diabetes are at a higher risk of developing Achilles tendinopathy.
If you are experiencing tightness, pain in the calves, ankles or heel, let our experienced Podiatrist check out your feet and legs to figure out why you are getting Achilles Tendinopathy.

MORE INFO ON PAIN

All rights reserved to the Australian Podiatry Association (ApodA) – “The Australian Podiatry Association provides these fact sheets to help you learn more about your foot health and take better care of your feet! Please understand that they do not replace clinical advice, and we strongly advise you to see your podiatrist if you have any concerns.”

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Footwear

We explore and discuss what the most appropriate footwear for your foot type is. This can help relieve pain and improve your function.

Custom made orthotics

Prescription medical devices that you wear inside your shoes to correct foot issues such as problems with how you walk, stand, or run. They can also help with foot pain caused by medical conditions such as diabetes, plantar fasciitis, bursitis, and arthritis.

Shockwave

Shockwave is an effective treatment for pain and injury. The purpose of the therapy is to trigger the body’s own natural healing response. Many people report that their pain is reduced and mobility improved after the first treatment.

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