You are currently viewing Heel Pain: Most Common Causes and How to Prevent it

If you feel a sharp pain in your heel when you are walking, exercising, or putting any sort of pressure on your feet – you may be experiencing heel pain. Heel pain can be brought on by a variety of reasons, such as plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendinitis. Over time, pain is reduced by stretching, orthotics, and rest. If you don’t treat and ignore it, you could develop chronic issues that will take longer to heal. However, there are numerous strategies to aid in preventing it, which will be covered in this post.

How to identify heel pain

Heel pain often affects people who are flat footed, overweight, or are constantly on their feet. Often or not, it will go away on its own – but sometimes it can be more serious. 15% of foot issues in the UK are due to heel pain, making it one of the most prevalent foot conditions. Additionally, the average patient is between the ages of 40 and 60, though those who run frequently experience it earlier. Nevertheless, the most common symptoms to look out for are:

  • Swelling
  • Tenderness
  • Pain on your first few steps in a morning
  • Pain after standing from a sitting position
  • Stiffness
  • Bony growth on the heel
  • Discoloration
  • Bruising 

Though, if you do not have any of these particular symptoms and still are suffering – it might be best to consult your local podiatrist. They will then be able to identify the issue and produce you with a recovery plan. 

Most common causes

Heel pain can be caused by:

  • An increase in activity level 
  • The structure or shape of the foot.
  • The surface which you are standing, walking or running on.
  • The type of shoes you wear
  • The weight you are carrying

How to prevent heel pain

Though it can be brought on without any reason, there are precautions you can take that increase the likelihood of preventing it. Some examples include:

  • Wear comfortable shoes with arch support
  • Use custom orthotics
  • Stretch when you can
  • Ease into activity
  • Wear thick socks
  • Rest after walking long periods

How Doncaster Foot Clinic can help you

At Doncaster Foot Clinic, we offer a range of the most clinically proven treatments, such as Shockwave and Laser Pain Relief Therapy, that help cure heel pain. At Doncaster Foot Clinic, we are able to provide you with expert advice on how to get back on your feet more comfortably and provide guidance during your treatment. You can reach us by email or by calling 01302 342 971, and we’ll help you find the right podiatrist for you. To stay up to date with our clinical updates and specials, follow us on Facebook

Leave a Reply

Heel Pain: Most Common Causes and How to Prevent it