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Heel Pain Treatment Options

The FXT plantar fasciitis splint fits like a sock, gives greater freedom.

Speed up the heeling process of plantar fasciitis. The FXT allows you to sleep comfortably while gently stretching out the plantar fascia, the band of connective tissue that runs from the heel to the toe.

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When heels are sore or you’re suffering from chronic heel pain, an application of cold and/or hot assists in the healing process.

Hot/Cold Packs provide therapy that’s constantly in touch with sore muscles, tendons and tissue. Microwave or freeze the packs depending on the desired treatment cold therapy is especially beneficial in the treatment of plantar fasciitis (heel pain). Apply cold therapy in the mornings and heat therapy in the evenings.

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Examining the Patient

 

Pain or tenderness over the inside of the heel suggest plantar fasciitis. If the entire heel is tender this would then suggest a stress fracture. If the patient is a child then it may be severs disease. Sever's disease or Calcaneal apophysitis is a condition that affects children between the ages of 10 and 13 years. It is characterized by pain in one or both heels with walking. During this phase of life, growth of the bone is taking place at a faster rate than the tendons. Hence there is a relative shortening of the heel-cord compared to the leg bones.


If the patient is elderly and there is pain under the fat pad this would suggest fat pad atrophy. When examining the heel the patient complains of a shooting pain that radiates to the large toe, this would point to nerve entrapment. If there is a nodule (lump) under the arch this indicates a possible rupture of the plantar fascia and the need for surgery.


If there is localized pain, swelling, tenderness and warmth around the heel this is a sign of a soft tissue infection and requires the patient to visit the hospital ASAP.


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Diagnostic Tools

X-Rays: X-Rays may show a bony growth called a heel spur. X-Rays can also diagnose a heel stress fracture.

Ultrasound: May show a plantar fascia rupture.

MRI (Magnetic resonance imaging): Can show up a soft tissue injury, stress fracture and plantar fasciitis

Treatment Options

Dr Foot Pro Insoles treat the underlying cause of heel pain, £23