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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    What could be causing the pain in my heel?

    Over the last two days I've started to experience pain in my heel and it is very uncomfortable. What could be causing this?
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    Kirsty Woods

    Exercise Physiologist

    Hi I’m Kirsty Woods,I would like to use my experience, expertise and passion to help you reach your weight, energy and health goalsI have been … View Profile

    What have you done differently in the last few days? Increasing your workload/time on feet, hard surfaces or different shoes may all contribute to heel pain. 

    Stretching your calf muscles and icing may help. 

    If the issue does not resolve visit your local physiotherapist. 

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    Jacqueline Kan

    Podiatrist (General)

    Cheltenham Podiatry offers excellence in all areas of footcare.From corns, callouses, fungal nails to sports injuries, Diabetic foot care, ingrown nails and orthotics. Full gait … View Profile

    Heel pain is a very common foot complaint seen by podiatrists.There are a variety of anatomical structures that can cause pain in this location and often a combination of causitive factors(poor foot function,long hours on hard ground, etc) which will need to be dealt with. If pain in on the sole of the heel it could be due to a  ligament “plantar fasia”(often mistakenly called a heel spur),which could be inflammed and irritated as it pulls at its attatchment to the heel bone, or a trapped nerve, fat pad irritation, and even stress fractures are possible . If pain is at the back of the heel, achilles tendon or bursitis(inflammed fluid sac) are possible causes. These are a few of the more common anatomical causes. Its always worthwhile to check your wearing well fitted good footwear(eg rockports) the majortity of the time , as poor worn out shoes can aggravate many foot conditions. If pain persists I recommend you see a podiatrist ,as our whole day is involved with diagnosing and treating foot conditiions. Feet are our speciality. We primarily aim to treat the cause of your pain.

  • Massimo Mirabile

    Exercise Physiologist, Physiotherapist

    My name is Massimo Mirabile and I am a qualified physiotherapist as well as an exercise scientist and accredited exercise physiologist. I completed a Bachelor … View Profile

    Pain in the heel could be caused by a couple of things. It could be Achilles
    tendinopathy, heel spurs, plantar fasciitis, so these are the kind of things that could be causing heel pain.

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    Spring is an osteopathic clinic and we treat people through all stages of life including children, teenagers with study strains, athletes, new mums, tradesmen, desk … View Profile

    Heel pain can be caused by a variety of factors. It could be caused by many factors including, a change in activities or a biomechanical issue in the foot/ankle.

    Some of the causes of heel pain include:

    • Achilles tendinopathy
    • Bursitis or fat pat impingement
    • Heel spurs
    • Planta fascitis
    • Biomechanical issues within the foot/ankle such as overpronation
    • Or a simple case of a bad footwear

    I would recommend making an appointment to get it looked at! If you would like more information please give me a call at Spring Osteo Clinic on 9830 7044.

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