Heel Pain – Causes and Treatment

There might be many reasons that cause pain in heels, some of which can be improved with home care plans while others require professional care by an ankle and foot specialist. If you are suffering from serious or unbearable pain then you should visit a specailist as soon as possible. 

It is recommended to visit a chiropodist in Gravesend to get special care and assistance related to heel pain. The most common causes of pain in heels are as follows:

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  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Nerve trap
  • Pain radiates from sciatica / lower back
  • Neuritis heel
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Severe illness
  • Arthritis
  • Haglund's Deformity
  • Cyst
  • Calcaneal stress fracture
  • Heel spurs

Other possible contributors:

  • Shoes that don't support
  • Incorrect training
  • Inadequate stretching techniques
  • Job factors such as weight lifting


Heel pain is often caused by inflammation of the Plantar Fascia. However, because there are many other possible causes, it is very important that the source of your heel pain be diagnosed accurately before you begin treatment.

Chiropodists need to take some or all of the following diagnostic tests to evaluate the source of your heel pain and prescribe an appropriate treatment plan:

  • Physical examination
  • X-rays
  • Ultrasonography
  • Magnetic resonance imaging or MRI

Treatment by Chiropodist

Professional treatments for heel pain include:

  • Binding orthopedics
  • Night Splint
  • Total Contact Casting
  • Specially made orthotics
  • Orthopedic shoes that are made specifically or to order
  • Anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Physical therapy
  • Phototherapy
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Extracorporeal shock wave therapy
  • Operation