An innovative and immediate solution to Heel pain.

Does this sound similar to you – “I wake up from bed in the morning and can’t put my heels on the ground? Eventually I hobble around until it warms up. Finally, I manage to walk however when sitting or resting for a moment it starts again.  What is wrong? “

You are not alone! If you have experienced heel pain, then you have come to the right place to ask for advice about what went wrong, what to do & how to get rid of your heel pain. 

Types of pain (pain, throbbing, burning, tingling), location of pain (lower heel, heel side, back of the heel) & when pain occurs (morning, night time, wake up from rest) will help us determine the cause & treatment of pain your heels.

So most importantly, if you experience heel pain, don’t ignore it, seek assistance early. Studies have shown that the earlier treatment is applied, the sooner the problem can be resolved with less complex treatment modalities. If you are experiencing heel pain for more than 2-3 weeks and it is becoming more frequent, it is unlikely to go away on its own. Something is going to need to change to mend it, and a Podiatrist can identify what needs to be done to help it. 

A Podiatrist will identify if the pain is caused by Plantar Fasciopathy, a heel spur, overuse of the Abductor Hallucis muscle, or entrapment of the Baxter’s nerve in the heel. 

As you can see, diagnosing heel pain can be complex, therefore it is important to be assessed accurately by a Podiatrist. Podiatrists are the most specialised health professionals in this area to diagnose this type of pain.  Our Podiatrists are here to break it down and explain everything you need to know about your condition and put you on the right path of treatments that are best for you. 

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FAQs

What does treatment involve?

Treatment can often involve a combination of things depending how stubborn your pain is! Often one treatment may create 40% improvement, another adds 20%, another adds 30% etc. Your podiatrist will find the right combination of evidence based treatments for you. These may include:

  • Foot wear changes
  • Load modification
  • Strengthenening exercises
  • Massage
  • Foot Mobilisation Therapy
  • Taping
  • Dry needling
  • Orthoses

 

So what can I do myself while I wait for my Podiatry appointment? 

Good question Try these two simple steps:

1. Press your feet over a frozen drink bottle – this helps stretch the ligaments & reduce inflammation 

2. If your shoes are 12 months or more, change them to add support (go to a good quality shoe store where they fit your feet and offer advice on support options)

If this does not resolve the pain for more than 1-2 weeks, book an appointment with the East Adelaide Podiatry or contact them to make an appointment.

When should you see a podiatrist?

You may be experiencing pain in your feet, ingrown or discoloured skin/nails, corns, skin rashes, foot odour, foot injuries, broader health problems such as diabetes or arthritis, recurrent tripping or falling, problems fitting comfortably in your regular shoes; or if you notice swelling, lumps, or redness on your feet or legs.

It is a common misconception that painful feet are a normal side effect from everyday activities. Yet research shows that only a fraction of individuals suffering from sore feet seek out professional advice.

Just as you would visit your dentist for a toothache, you should visit a podiatrist if you suffer from painful or tired feet and/or lower limbs.

Our clinic is conveniently located in Adelaide’s CBD, on Hutt Street with convenient, free 2 hour parking, next to our gorgeous parklands – why not take your new pain free feet for a spin after your appointment and get your steps up! Limp in, leap out! That’s our motto!