Brief guide to heel pain
It pinches, it pinches, it burns? Or do you have the feeling that you are walking over broken glass or nails? Heel pain is particularly nasty because it can block you in all aspects of everyday life in an unpleasant way.
In our quick guide on heel pain, we show you how to proceed:
Visit your doctor and take a medical history: After an initial consultation, your doctor will carry out specific examinations based on your description of the heel pain. This can be a normal X-ray to check for bone fractures or an MRI to check for possible pathological changes in your Achilles tendon. If there is a possibility that you have tarsal tunnel syndrome, an electromyography and electroneurography will be done.
Diagnosis & cause: After the examination, you will receive your diagnosis and thus the cause of your heel problem. Based on this, your course of treatment will be determined. We have explained and described the possible causes in the text above.
If there is no underlying disease, you can achieve a lot with specific exercises and the right shoes. If you have a heel spur, you will certainly need a heel spur insole. In rare cases, surgery may be necessary, but that is the exception. Most of the time, therapeutic measures can be very effective for your heel pain.
Get good and detailed advice from your doctor on what is best for you given your diagnosis.
Just because your heel hurts doesn't necessarily mean something bad is going on. Be careful with your feet and your body and watch out for the first signals. React quickly and always get a doctor's opinion first. Wear good shoes and keep moving, then nothing can really happen to your feet.
This article contains general information only and should not be used for self-diagnosis or self-treatment. It cannot replace a visit to the doctor. If you have pain from a flat foot, make an appointment with an orthopaedist, preferably a foot specialist, and discuss in person which flat foot exercises are best suited to your foot deformity and can help.
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