Heel Pain

Podriatrists are considered experts in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Heel Pain and here at the Highett Podiatry, We have the solution to Pain Free Walking.
Heel pain is the most common complaint presenting at Highett Podiatry. Our podiatrists have a wealth of knowledge and experience when it comes to resolving your heel pain. We understand how debilitating it can be to your quality of life, that’s why we aim to get you moving pain free again as quickly as possible.

A personalised treatment plan is essential in the management and resolution of your heel pain, incorporating many treatment modalities available at Highett Podiatry.

Causes of Heel Pain

Plantar Fasciitis

Also Known As Heel Spur Syndrome.

Plantar fasciitis is a result of increased loading and strain on the plantar fascia ligament, most commonly around the heel area but is also found in the arch.

The most common causes are:

  • Increase in activity
  • Poor footwear (no support)
  • Injury
  • Ageing
  • Flat feet
  • Weight gain
Heel Pain - Calf Massage Highett Podiatry

Achilles Pain

Also known as Achilles tendinopathy

The Achiles tendon is found behind the ankle and is the strongest tendon in the body that attaches the calf muscles to the foot.

Achilles pain occurs when the tendon load is too high and the achilles tendon strains, sprains or tears.

The most common causes are:

  • Increase in activity
  • Poor footwear – very flat or unsupportive
  • Injury
  • Ageing
  • Tight calves
  • Flat feet
Achilles Tendinopathy - Highett Podiatry

Sever's Disease

(Calcaneal apophysitis)

Sever’s Disease is a common presentation of heel pain in children, between the ages of 8-13. It is a result of the growth plate in the heel closing and becoming a mature adult bone.

Sever’s disease is self limiting and will eventually stop being painful, although here at Highett Podiatry we have many treatment options to alleviate the child’s symptoms.

The most common causes are:

  • Increased activity (sporty kids)
  • Poor footwear (unsupportive)
  • Flat pitched footwear (basketball and football boots)
  • Tight calves
  • Flat feet
Sesamoiditis - Highett Podiatry

Other Causes of Heel Pain

Other causes of heel pain can be:

  • Bruised heel
  • Posterior Impingement
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Stress Fracture
  • Fat Pad Atrophy
  • Haglund’s deformity
  • Bone tumour
  • Cracked Heels
  • Ulcers
  • Pressure sores/ischaemia
Bursitis - Highett Podiatry

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