What is Heel Pain?
Heel pain is one of the most common conditions that affect the feet. The name is self explanatory, i.e. it is pain occurring in the heel, and this could be due to a number of reasons. It is often most painful when the foot is in use rather than at rest. Heel pain is a very common condition affecting approximately ten percent of the population at least once in their lives.
Causes of Heel Pain
Common causes of heel pain are bursitis, heel bumps, inflammation of the heel pad, stress fracture, nerve entrapment. Obesity can also contribute to heel pain, but the cause could be as simple as a blister or a verruca. The most common cause of heel pain is plantar fasciitis and as such the two terms have become interchangeable even though this is not strictly accurate.
Treatment for Heel Pain
The type of treatment given is dependent on the cause of the heel pain. Common treatments for heel pain include prescription orthotics, special padded insoles, advice on good footwear that provide sufficient arch support and cushioning, exercise that help to gently stretch the calf muscles. In some more stubborn case where conservative intervention does not help, surgery may be required.