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Cambridge, Ontario N1R 6J6
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In The Wizard of Oz, Dorothy clicked her ruby red heels together three times to return to her home sweet home in Kansas with a simple uttering of the phrase, “There's no place like home." However, if Dorothy had a mean case of heel pain, she may have had a harder time returning from the Land of Oz.

Heel Pain: It’s not a Fairy Tale

Heel pain has a large spectrum of causes. The discomfort also casts its web over many different types of people, including athletes, diabetics, children, and adults. This is because the problems happen during running, walking, jumping, and wearing bad shoes, as well as from health issues like being overweight. The issue could be the result of putting too much of animpact on the heel and tissues around it during any of these everyday activities.

The pain usually pops up in the back or the bottom of your heel. The area can also become inflamed, swollen, hot, and painful. The discomfort may disappear for a short while, but should be treated by a chiropodist if it flares up again and persists.

Achilles Tendinitis

The Achilles tendon runs behind the ankle and attaches to the bottom of your heel bone. When it’s strained over time, the tendons stretch and tear, creating inflammation and pain. Commonly classified as an overuse injury, the condition is common with active people.

Haglund’s Deformity

This cause for heel pain shows up as a bony growth on the back of the heel. The shape of your foot plays a large factor in whether you will develop this condition. However, wearing shoes with a stiff back may contribute to the development of the deformity. It was nicknamed “pump bump” because people who wear high heels often experience this problem.

Heel Calluses

A callus develops to protect the heel from constant friction. They are areas of thick, rough, dull skin that often can be left alone if they don’t hurt. Since the raised bumps are developed through repeated rubbing, people who wear high heels, have foot deformities, or run frequently are more susceptible.

Heel Fissures

Fissures, better known as cracked heels, are more than just a problem with looks. If the hard, dry, cracks in the heel deepen, they may become infected. People who live in dry climates, have problems with inactive sweat glands, and wear sandals may develop this problem.

Plantar Fasciitis/Heel Spurs

Plantar fasciitis causes heel spurs. Plantar fasciitis occurs when the tissues that connect the heel to the toes, also known as the plantar fascia, tears and becomes inflamed. Spurs occur when the plantar fascia pulls against the bone, which causes calcium deposits to form on the spur on the underside of the bone. Heels spurs can result from running, ill-fitting shoes, and obesity.

Sever’s Disease

This is the most common cause of heel pain for children. Sever’s Disease is caused by repeated strain of the Achilles tendon on the growth plate in the heel. Kids who play sports are at risk for this disease.

Have Courage: Treat and Prevent Discomfort

Wearing shoes that fit well is one of the first steps you can take to cushion and support your aching bones. We make on-site custom orthotics for you. We also perform laser therapy to reduce discomfort and swelling. At our local office, we may also prescribe an anti-inflammatory medication to relieve swelling. Other treatments include taping or strapping. Surgery may be used to remove a heel spur.  To prevent further problems, always stretch before and after exercise and wear the right shoes for each activity.

At Achilles Custom Orthotics & Footcare, we know how uncomfortable and debilitating heel pain can be. Call our Cambridge office at (519) 624-4122, where our chiropodist, Douglas Broad, can create custom orthotics for you five days a week. You can also visit our website to schedule an appointment at our local office, where we are dedicated to treating our patients with care and compassion. There’s no place like home. 

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366 Hespeler Road
Cambridge, Ontario N1R 6J6

Chiropodist - Cambridge, Douglas C. Broad, D.Ch, 366 Hespeler Road, Cambridge Ontario, N1R 6J6 519-624-4122