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Dealing with Heel Pain

Heel pain, (also known as hielpijn in Dutch), a condition that may sound quite odd at first but is actually surprisingly common, occurs in about 10% of the population. The pain caused by the condition can vary from mild to severe and often worsens over time if left untreated. Let’s look at some of the facts so we can learn more about this condition.

What Causes Heel Pain?

Heel pain is usually caused by the damage and/or thickening of a band of tissue, known as the plantar fascia that is situated in the foot. Damage in the form of microtears or tiny tears can occur over a number of years or from sudden strain to the tissue. These microtears cause the tissue to swell and put strain on the heel bone, resulting in the pain. Usually, damage that occurs over a few years affects adults over the age of 40 whereas sudden damage is often seen in young, physically active people who are runners or joggers. There are also a number of factors that can increase the chances of heel pain in both young and old people. These are having a high BMI (body mass index) which is associated with being overweight or obese, working in an environment that requires long periods of standing and even if you constantly wear shoes with flat soles such as slip slops.

Symptoms of Heel Pain

The most commonly experienced symptoms of heel pain are quite straightforward- most people experience pain in only one heel (although pain in both heels does occur). morning heel pain is usually experienced by most sufferers of the condition when you put pressure on your heel after a long period of rest. Pain can also be experienced after shorter periods of inactivity and whilst it lessens with walking, can often worsen again after long periods of standing. Read More...

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