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Heel Pain

Heel pain is a condition in which weight bearing on the heel causes pain. There are two different forms of heel pain.

The first form of heel pain is caused by over-use or repetitive stress, which results from too much impact on a specific area of the foot. This form of heel pain is normally caused by shoes that have low heels and a thinned out fat pad or from an increase in activity or not warming up before exercise.

The second form of heel pain is plantar fasciitis, which is commonly referred to as heel spur. This form of heel pain is often associated with a biomechanical problem such as flat foot (over-pronation). Plantar fascia is the broad band of tissue, which runs along the bottom surface of the foot and plantar fascitis, is the condition in which the plantar fascia becomes inflamed.

Heel pain can be extremely painful and cause a considerable amount of suffering. The pain will often be worse after prolonged rest such as in the mornings when the muscles are tight and then subside as the day progresses and the muscles stretch.

Heel pain can be treated with heel cups, heel cradles and orthotics, which all absorb sock, provide cushioning and elevate the heel in order to transfer pressure. With plantar fasciitis an orthotic with a good arch support is required to prevent the inflammation of the plantar fascia.


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