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...

Foot Orthotics Gaining Popularity

Foot orthotics is becoming an increasingly popular way to treat a wide range of foot problems including one of the most common and painful ones experienced by thousands of people around the world –  Plantar Fasciitis. Here we take a look at why this is happening and what you need to know if you are interested in making use of foot orthotics to help treat your Plantar Fasciitis, no matter how severe your Plantar Fasciitis is.

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar Fasciitis is a regularly occurring painful disorder that affects, if one looks at the anatomy of the foot, the heel and underside of the foot. The disorder relates to the insertion site of the tendon on the bone and  is most recognized by the structural breakdown, scarring or inflammation that happens on the foot’s plantar fascia. When the disorder was first discovered it was believed to be based on an inflammatory process. As time has progressed it has however been discovered that the disorder is in fact degenerative. This means that if the problem is not treated properly from the start, problems can be expected to get worse as time progresses. Plantar Fasciitis is a common problem with athletes, people that spend a large portion of their day on their feet (like servers and cashiers) and individuals that are obese. Read More...

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