Heel Pain

By Drew Heideman, MPT, ATC, PES

Heel pain is a common condition in which weight bearing on the heel causes extreme discomfort.

Picture of a person walking on a treadmill with the heel in focus.

Do You Have Heel Pain?

There are two categories of heel pain. The first is a result of overuse or repetitive stress. This stress is caused when there’s too much impact on a specific area of your foot. Often referred to as “heel pain syndrome”, this condition can be caused from shoes with heels that are too low, a thinned-out fat pad in the heel area, or from a sudden increase in activity. The second form of heel pain is known as plantar fasciitis or a heel spur. This can be caused from a biomechanical problem, such as flat feet. The plantar fascia is a broad band of fibrous tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot from the heel through the midfoot and into the forefoot. Flat feet can result in the plantar fascia to be excessively stretched and inflamed.  This results in pain in the heel and arch areas of the foot.

Treatments for Heel Pain

To properly treat heel pain, you must stretch out your calf and foot. Also, you should wear dress shoes that absorb shock, provide cushioning, and elevate the heel to transfer pressure. You can achieve this by using a heel cup, visco heel cradle, or an orthotic designed with materials that will absorb shock and shear forces. Orthotics are corrective devices placed inside your shoe to realign the bones of your foot, ankle, knee, and back. Choosing the proper footwear is also important when treating heel pain. You may want to wear shoes with a firm heel counter, good arch support, and appropriate heel height. If these treatments don’t bring pain relief, then surgery may be required.

Read about Footmaxx, JOI’s custom prescription orthotics.

JOI Rehab

Whether you are suffering from heel issues, joint pain, or injuries resulting from any type of activity, JOI has 12 physical therapy clinics conveniently located in Jacksonville and Northeast FL who specialize in orthopedic rehab.

If you are interested in scheduling an appointment at JOI Rehab for physical therapy, call (904) 858-7045. Come see us!

Where is Telemedicine Frequently used?

All JOI Physicians, Physical Therapists and Occupational Therapists now offer Telemedicine services for virtual visits from the convenience of your home. If you feel that it is best to stay in your own home during this time, we can still provide orthopaedic Telehealth services for you. Through the download of the free Zoom app on the your phone, tablet or laptop. Our physicians and Telehealth for Physical Therapy can evaluate you and provide the care you need.

JOI Fracture and Injury Care

JOI Physicians are currently offering ASAP Fracture care. Make an appointment by calling (904)JOI-2000. This is a new option for patients who would like to avoid the emergency room if they have suffered a fracture or soft tissue injury. To learn more about this service, read this article about fracture and injury care.

By: Drew Heideman, MPT, ATC, PES

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