“Oh, my aching heels!” You’ve probably made this statement at some point in time, but have you ever taken action to stop the discomfort? Heel pain is one of the most common complaints that we hear at the Palmer Foot Clinic’s Heel Pain Centre, yet many people choose misery over relief. It’s time to take a stand and find the help you need to get back on your feet and live pain-free!
Don’t Let Fear Win
Patients have a variety of reasons for waiting to seek treatment. Many assume that they will need surgery, and they fear the process and possibility of missed days at work and lost wages. Others wrongly believe that daily pain is a normal part of the aging process, and they think that nothing can be done. The reality is that most cases—90% in fact—are resolved using only conservative measures. So put aside your fears, and let Chiropodist Iain Palmer help you end your heel pain today!
Why do my heels hurt?
The location of your pain is an indication of its source. Some people experience discomfort underneath the heel. Others feel it on the back area near the Achilles tendon. Morning pain and discomfort after periods of rest are quite common.
There are a variety of reasons that people experience pain in their heels. From overuse injuries to diseases such as arthritis and diabetes, this discomfort can stem from multiple causes. Understanding the source of your unique symptoms is vital to effective treatment. Our expert staff will spend time listening to your concerns, and learning about your medical history. After a thorough evaluation, we will discuss your condition and propose a course of treatment.
Some conditions that result in heel pain include:
- Achilles tendonitis – Classified as an overuse injury, the Achilles tendon links the calf muscles to the bone in your heel. A change in the duration and type of physical activity can lead to tearing and inflammation that causes pain at the back of the heel.
- Bursitis – The body is built to work hard. The bursae serve as cushioning between the tendons, muscles, and bones that exist within a joint. Pain in the affected area can result when irritation occurs.
- Diminished heel pad – The process of aging includes the degradation of the soft tissue that cushions the heel. Without this extra protection, heel pain often results.
- Peripheral neuropathy – Nerve damage in the feet is often related to diabetes. While some people experience loss of feeling with this condition, others face burning and tingling sensations.
- Plantar fasciitis/Heel Spur Syndrome – The tissue that goes across the sole of the foot from the base of the toes to the heel is called the plantar fascia. The inflammation of this band results in morning pain that is felt on the under part of the heel. This is the most common source of heel pain. Over time the tearing can form deposits that result in a heel spur.
- Rheumatoid Arthritis – This type of arthritis affects the joint lining and is classified as an autoimmune disorder. The body’s immune system attacks the tissues of the body, and pain is often felt in the feet.
- Stress fracture – Pain can also be caused by this overuse injury that results from repeated stress on the heel. A tiny crack in the bone can go undetected, so it’s important to find the source of your discomfort.
No matter the reason for your heel pain, Podiatrist Iain Palmer and his staff have the solution. Call the Winnipeg, MB office today at (204) 697-0649.