It’s likely that many of you will suffer from foot or heel pain at least once in your life, and for some it’s a daily occurrence. After all we spend a large majority of our waking hours stood on them, so it stands to reason that every now and again they are going to complain. But how can you tell the difference between a serious problem and normal everyday aches and pains? Let’s take a look at one foot problem that can occur and when you should worry and seek professional help and treatment.
Pain in the Heels
Overuse, injury, strenuous exercise, wearing high heels and many other reasons can result in pain in your feet. But in order to determine the specific cause of the problem you need to decide whether it’s your toes, arch or heel that are painful, before it can be diagnosed and treated.
Suffering from heel pain is often put down to a heel spur, but this isn’t necessarily the case. In fact only half of the people who are suffering from heel spur actually feel any pain. It generally doesn’t lead to discomfort unless it’s become pronounced and you can feel it underneath the surface of your skin.
What is Heel Spur?
Heel spur is a bony swelling that is often found alongside a condition called Plantar Fasciitis. It involves the plantar fascia ligament, that spans the arch of the foot. Normally this ligament stretches every time you take a step, but if it stretches too much it can tear and become inflamed, leading to discomfort. It’s believed that a heel spur is your body’s attempt to compensate for the injury and provide additional support. The pain occurs because the buildup of fatty tissue is being pushed into the pad of your heel.
If you’re experiencing a stabbing sensation in your heel when you put pressure down on it, you could be suffering from a heel spur. The best course of action is to seek medical advice and you may find that your physician sends you for an x ray to confirm the diagnosis.
Fortunately, it is an easy condition to treat, with rest, foot support and other relatively simple treatments. Leaving the problem will not make it go away, and in fact you stand to cause permanent damage if you don’t treat this condition, as it can wear away the fatty tissue of your heel.
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