The Australian Podiatry Council said during foot health week in 1998.
And since then this statement has not changed .
While heel pain is one of the most common conditions treated by podiatrists, it appears that a large number of people are not seeking help for their heel pain, and possibly this is due to not knowing where to turn for help .
Who’s most at risk ?
“ Heel pain strikes most frequently in middle aged men and women , but also in those who take part in regular sporting activities and regularly on their feet. Heel pain can also occur in children, usually between 8 and 13 , especially if they are involved in regular sporting activity.
While heel pain has many causes , it is usually the result of a biomechanical imbalance ( abnormalities in the way we walk), too much stress on the heel bone and the tissues attached to it ,or complications from certain systemic diseases such as arthritis and diabetes.
Podiatrists use a range of methods to treat heel pain, including exercise and shoe recommendations, orthoses, taping or strapping and manual therapies. Most heel pain can be effectively treated without surgery.