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Living with Chronic Heel Pain?

Chronic heel pain is one of the most common foot conditions. It is often caused by Plantar Fasciitis, which is the inflammation of the thick band of tissue that runs across the bottom of your foot. However, issues such as a stress fracture, tendonitis, arthritis, nerve irritation or bone oedema can also cause prolonged pain.

A comprehensive examination by a Podiatrist is the best way to identify the cause so that the appropriate treatment plan can be put in place. Assessments typically look at the structure of the feet, ankles and lower limbs, along with the positioning and function of the feet when sitting, standing and walking.

How to Treat Chronic Heel Pain

Common heel pain treatments include:

  • Rest and ice
  • Changing footwear
  • Stretching and massaging the sole
  • Supportive and corrective insoles and orthotics or heel lifts
  • Kinesiology taping
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication

Another very effective form of treatment is extracorporeal shockwave therapy, known as ESWT or Shockwave.

Shockwave for Heel Pain

This delivers audible low-frequency shockwaves to the area to stimulate healing. It’s an analgesic approach that provides pain relief and allows for improved weight-bearing to assist everyday functioning. Shockwave can also be combined with low-level laser therapy for optimal pain relief.

You can find out more about Shockwave at our Farnham clinic here.

If you are suffering with persistent heel pain, contact our clinic for an initial consultation so that we can determine the best treatment option.