Are Your Heels Killing You?
If you wake up in the morning and your heels are painful, or if you get heel pain with prolonged periods of standing, you may have a condition known as plantar fasciitis.
Plantar Fasciitis is the term that refers to inflammation (“-itis”) of the connective tissue (“Fascia”) under the base of the foot (“Plantar”). It usually occurs at the point where the plantar fascia originates at the heel bone.
The plantar fascia itself is one of the strongest structures in your body. Studies have shown up to 30 times your body weight can be loaded through the plantar fascia with heavy impact. Naturally the ‘weakest point’, therefore, is the attachment point to the heel bone.
If the problem has been present for a long time the heel bone will try to protect itself at the attachment by calcifying and giving the plantar fascia something better to “grip” on to. This is a heel spur, and in itself is not a problem, but if there is inflammation associated with the heel spur it can become very painful with walking.
Believe it or not, a vast number of cases of heel pain that are diagnosed as plantar fasciitis are not actually plantar fasciitis at all! This is because of the muscle and nerve interactions with the heel that may also produce similar symptoms, but require different treatment.
So, if your heel pain has not responded to traditional therapy, there may be something else that has been missed, and the podiatrists at Flawless Feet Podiatry & Laser clinic are trained to find these problems.
Call us today to speak with a podiatrist if you have any questions about your heel pain.
Flawless feet offer several different clinic locations to meet the needs of our patients. Locations include:
16 Garlies Road | Forest Hill | London| SE23 2RT
Good Vibes |14-16 Betterton St| Covent Garden | London | WC2H 9BU
We look forward to welcoming you.