is one of the most common foot conditions that exist. Intense pain can be experienced when using the affected heel while walking, running or even jumping, sometimes the pain can be ever present. Heel pain often builds up overtime and often the pain can get worse if left untreated. In most cases, only one foot will be impacted, although some estimates do report that about 30 percent of people affected by heel pain, have pain in both heels. The pain can often be more intense first thing in the morning after sleep or when the first steps are taken after a prolonged period of inactivity. Walking can sometimes improve the intensity of the pain. A limp or an abnormal gait can occur when trying to avoid placing weight on the affected heel with each step.
You are at an increased level of risk, if you are overweight or especially obese, those with a body mass index of 30 or over are considered to be obese. If your job entails spending long periods of time standing or walking all day then the risk of heel pain intensifies. Walking or running on hard surfaces, especially bare foot or whilst wearing flat soled shoes, sandals or flip flops can be a huge factor in occurrences of heel pain. Inadequate footwear can have a very adverse affect on healthy feet and should be avoided if at all possible.
Pain is usually focused on the underside or the back part of your heel. If pain is present on the underneath part of the heel, plantar fasciitis would be the most likely cause. The plantar fascia is the large ligament in the foot, stretching between the heel bone and the heads of the metatarsal bones, metatarsal bones are the bones that exist between each of your toes and connect to the bones of the mid foot. Heel pain centered on the back part of the heel might well be an indication of Achilles tendinitis. The Achilles tendon (calcaneal tendon) is a thick and fibrous band that helps connect the calf muscle to the actual heel bone .
Heel pain, although rarely seen as a truly serious condition, can be very uncomfortable and can also interfere with your daily life, particularly any strenuous exercises you may be involved with. A sore heel can often get better on its own without the need for costly surgery if you give it enough time and plenty of rest. It is a good idea to always wear comfortable shoes, not too tight or too loose with the correct support, possibly adding insoles to increase protection. Insoles are great prevention against foot pain and are also used considerably by chiropractic specialists to alleviate heel pain and discomfort.
The heel bone is actually the largest bone of the 26 or so in a human’s feet, the foot also has 33 joints and an extensive network of at least a hundred tendons, muscles, and ligaments combined. Like all of the bones in the human body, it is subject to a combination of stress and strain that can affect it’s ability operate as it should. The strains we put on our feet on a daily basis, particularly the heel area of the foot, are extensive enough without the added stress caused by sports, running or jumping around not to mention un-intended impacts sustained by any accidents we might be involved in.