Let Us Relieve Your Heel Pain in the Hills District

Heel Pain/Plantar Fasciitis Relief for the Hills District

Once referred to as a 'heel spur', this is not a bone injury but a soft tissue injury to the plantar fascia, a band of tissue that runs under your foot from your heel to the toes. The plantarfascia acts as a rubber band to absorb shock as you walk and stand, constantly elongates and contracts. This constant stretching can result in a tear in the soft tissue, most often at the heel. Pain is often greatest in the morning or after periods of rest. It is common in those with a flattened arch as the stretching on the plantar fascia is more significant but it can occur in any foot type. This problem is often misdiagnosed and confused with a heel fat pad syndrome. Both are treated differently so correct diagnosis is very important.

Sports and activity related injuries treated most often by podiatrists are called overuse/repetitive strain injuries. The development of these injuries is usually a combination of two or more of the following:

  • Sudden change in the sport/physical activity level
  • Sudden change in the sport/physical activity type
  • Poor muscle flexibility
  • Poor muscle strength
  • Inappropriate footwear for the sport/physical activity
  • Foot/ankle biomechanics

We provide the following solutions:

  • Anti inflammation advice
  • Strapping techniques to achieve immediate relief
  • Advice in relation to appropriate stretches
  • Advice in relation to appropriate strengthening
  • Biomechanical assessment and treatment using orthotics as necessary
  • Advice in relation to footwear
  • Advice in relation to activity types and return to activity levels after the injury has repaired

Fat Pad Syndrome (Bruised Heel)

We provide the following solutions:

  • Anti inflammation advice
  • Strapping techniques to achieve immediate relief
  • Appropriate cushioning to protect the heel bone
  • Advice in relation to appropriate stretches
  • Advice in relation to appropriate strengthening
  • Biomechanical assessment and treatment using orthotics as necessary
  • Advice in relation to footwear
  • Advice in relation to activity types and return to activity levels after the injury has repaired

This is heel pain that tends to be isolated to the heel bone itself. The pain can often be isolated to the middle of the heel bone with pressure. Pain is greatest when standing for long periods, especially on hard surface without shoes on. The problem is caused by too much stress to the heel bone itself, often because the existing fat pad begins to atrophy and fail to absorb shock as well as it once did. The problem often presents with plantar fasciitis, but requires a different approach to achieve complete resolution so correct diagnosis is important.