If you’ve experienced heel pain, you will know how inconvenient it was and how important your feet suddenly became!
Feet functioning properly is surprisingly important when they begin to let us down! It's so easy to neglect your feet and take them for granted. Heel pain not only occurs in adults, but children commonly experience sore heels too. You’re going to hear about it from your kids, considering they’re using them all the time so it's so important to try and react to these signs and symptoms early if you can as it could possibly be more than just a blister or a splinter, these heel pains unfortunately, are the cries of some underlying issue demanding attention.
Heel pain can be due to one or multiple different issues. It can involve any structure in the feet including:
Heel pain can occur in any area of the heel and can also radiate or refer pain to other areas.
Signs can include things such as
Symptoms can include things such as
Once we react and take action to signs and symptoms, it also allows us to become proactive in the face of possible re-occurrence or in any other issue/s that have have been bought to our attention.
The most common pathologies causing heel pain include (not in order)
Less common pathologies can include
It is important to visit a podiatrist for proper assessment, diagnosis and management or referral. Even if it seems straight forward and self-explanatory about what may be going on with your child’s heel pain it is important to seek professional advice as your home treatment plan is likely to not be as effective. Also, understanding why this issue has popped up is just as important as treatment!
Addressing signs and symptoms of heel pain, then consequently the underlying issue may also shine light on other issue/s that have gone unnoticed e.g. tight muscles; limited range of motion in joints, limb length difference etc. Addressing these can lead to a healthier, more comfortable and active life. It may help with sport performance and or just feeling more confident to get out and play!
Written by Anneliese Ball, Podiatrist
Working Monday and every 2nd Saturday
Anneliese is at Health Associates as a podiatrist working Monday and fortnightly Saturday.
She holds both a Bachelor of Psychology and Podiatry.
As a podiatrist she combines her proficient knowledge of human mechanics and ability to connect and engage with her patients to deliver outstanding clinical outcomes and an exceptional customer experience.
Anneliese loves health and fitness and enjoys encouraging her patients to maximise their health.