By Megan Thomas, Director & Senior Physiotherapist
One of the most common complaints we get at PhyxMe is heel pain, particularly the type of heel pain that is at its worst first thing in the morning when people hop out of bed.
So what is the likely cause of my heel pain?
Your plantar fascia. This is a band of connective tissue that extends from the heel bone towards the toes, supporting the arch of the foot and acting as a shock absorber.
[Heel pain in children may be Severs Disease, a growing condition that is caused when the bone grows faster than the muscle. Read more about Severs here]
How common is this type of heel pain?
Over 15,000 people in Cairns alone are likely to have sore feet from the fascia developing micro-tears and becoming inflamed.
Most common causes include
|Repetitive impact activity|
|Overweight or pregnant|
|Weak foot or ankle muscles|
|Collapsing feet or high arches|
|Too much standing|
|Wearing shoes with poor support or not wearing shoes at all|
How can physio help?
PhyxMe's musculoskeletal physiotherapists can help with
|Identifying factors causing the pain|
|Prescribing strength exercises for the calf and intrinsic muscles of the foot|
|Shockwave therapy (up to 80% reduction in symptoms)|
|Taping and arch support compression socks|
|Soft tissue release of your plantar fascia|