What is Heel Pain?
Heel pain is often the result of faulty biomechanics that
place too much stress on the heel bone and the soft tissues that attach to it.
While walking, gait abnormalities are often to blame, stress
may also result from injury or bruising incurred while walking, running or
jumping on hard surfaces, wearing poorly constructed footwear or being
The heel bone is the largest of the 26 bones in the human foot, which also has 33 joints and a network of more than 100 tendons, muscles, and ligaments. Like all bones, the heel bone is subject to outside influences that can affect its integrity and ability to keep us on our feet. Heel pain can occur in the front, back, or bottom of the heel.
Heel pain has two separate categories:
Prevention and Treatment
When treating heel pain, shock absorption, cushioning and
heel elevation are used to transfer pressure away from the heel. This can be
accomplished with a heel cup, heel cradle, or an orthotic designed with
materials that will absorb shock and shear forces.
When the condition is pronation-related, as is the case with
plantar fasciitis, an orthotic with medial posting and sturdy arch support can
control pronation and prevent inflammation of the plantar fascia.
Footwear selection is also important when treating heel pain. Shoes with a firm heel counter, proper arch support and appropriate heel height are the ideal choice.
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