Heel Pain Centre
Our practitioners are proud to serve Wasaga Beach and surrounding areas to help you get back on your feet without pain. Wasaga Family Foot and Orthotic Clinic recognizes there are many different causes of heel pain.
Heel pain can be a result of flat feet, fallen arches, high arches, changes in footwear, changes in activity, plantar fasciitis, sports injuries, heel spur syndrome, arthritis, and stress fractures. It is important to keep in mind that heel pain is not a part of everyday aging.
Ask us how we can help prevent heel pain and keep you living the active healthy everyday life you desire.
Plantar fasciitis (heel pain) is a common overuse injury, characterized by sharp heel pain first thing in the morning or after rest. The plantar fascia is a thick non-elastic band of fibrous tissue that runs from all five metatarsal heads and attaches to the calcaneus (heel bone). Its main function is to maintain the medial longitudinal arch of the foot.
The problem begins when there is stress applied to the plantar fascia and the fascia pulls away from its weakest insertion at the heel, causing microtears. This causes inflammation and pain. A plantar fascia microtear can also occur at the midsole (arch) or towards the toes. Since it is difficult to rest the foot, the situation is aggravated with every step taken. This problem can rapidly progress, and immediate treatment is best. As the fascia is pulled from the bone, the body reacts by filling in the space with new bone. This can cause the classic “heel spur”. This heel spur is a secondary x-ray finding and is not the problem – but a result of the problem.
Don’t stress! An important thing to keep in mind if you are concerned is that almost all cases can be treated using conservative measures. At Wasaga Family Foot and Orthotic Clinic, we have the tools and solutions for your heel pain, no matter the cause!
Why Do My Heels Hurt?
Heel Pain Causes
Flat Pronated Feet (pes planus)
Diminished Heel Pad
Stress Fracture or Trauma
High Arched Feet (pes cavus)
Bursitis from Activity
Achilles Tendonitis (Overuse)
How Can We Help?
Heel Pain Treatment
Orthotics are custom orthopedic devices prescribed by your Chiropodist/Podiatrist. The orthotics are designed to align your feet and prevent any abnormal compensations due to biomechanical abnormalities. These abnormalities, left untreated, cause “flat feet” or “fallen arches” which result in pulling/tearing the plantar fascia.
Learn more about Orthotics Here!
Exercises For Pain Relief & Prevention
If your arch had abs, would you work it out?
Strong feet are healthy feet! Ask your chiropodist how you can strengthen your feet.
Exercises can include but are not limited to
- Calf raises inverting the heel
- Toe yoga
- Towel toe curls
- Toe grabs
- Shin curls
- ABCs with your ankles
- Calf stretches
- Frozen water bottle rolling
Rest is the most important part of treatment. Your feet carry your body weight and with every step, your injury is aggravated. Temporarily minimize weight-bearing activities, for example, replace long walks or jogging with cycling or swimming.
One of the most effective therapies in research!
Shockwave therapy is an intense but short acoustic energy wave modality. It creates microtrauma to the area of pain to kickstart or restart the body’s natural healing response. This can be accomplished in cases of chronic pain where the body is no longer actively healing itself.
Motion Control Shoes
Supportive, athletic shoes (deep heel cup, torsional rigidity, rigid heel counters, and lace-up mechanisms) can provide the support and balance necessary to assist in healing and keep you walking without pain.
Taping/bracing the foot to reduce stretch on the plantar fascia is effective for the short-term relief of pain in your heel.
These splints are designed to keep the plantar fascia in an elongated position overnight, therefore reducing the initial stretch that occurs when you take your first morning steps. It will help reduce injury and heel pain.
- Low-Level Laser Therapy / Ultrasound
- Stretching and Strengthening
- Manual Foot Therapy
- Hot and Cold Therapy
- Cortisone Injections
- Heel Pads