The one thing you NEED to know about HEEL PAIN!
That is, that it is not ‘normal’ to be suffering from heel pain. Most people experience heel pain first thing in the morning or during/after activity. It typically feels like a sharp or aching pain. Heel pain can occur for a number of different reasons but poor foot biomechanics and inadequate footwear are the two most common culprits.
Therefore, the first step to treating the pain is ensuring you have adequate footwear. I made a video last year introducing my top tips for a good school shoe and guess what!? My top tips for your standard every day shoe are pretty much the same so be sure to check that one out. Watch a video here If you need some more help figuring out what shoe would work best for you, feel free to give us a call.
Many people suffer from either low arched or high arched feet, and these foot types can put excessive strain on the soft tissues in the heel. If good footwear does not seem to help, specific biomechanical correction is probably needed and that’s where orthotics come in. These are special insoles that you put in your shoes.
In some cases, mobilisation and dry needling may be needed to assist in restoring correct functioning of the foot.