There is a lot of mystery and many misconceptions are out there about heel spasms. Let’s clear our perception towards heel pain.
What Is Heel Pain?
The pain under the heel is one of the most common but least understood conditions affecting the foot. There are various causes for this and the most common conditions are Plantar Fasciitis or Achilles Tendinitis.
Plantar Fasciitis is the swelling of a thick layer of soft tissue under the sole of the foot, which extends to entire foot starting from the inside of the heel. People, with weaker bones, low thyroid level, high uric acid levels & those with vitamin D deficiency are more prone to develop this condition. Plantar Fasciitis is more likely to happen to the individuals, who stand for long durations like teachers, policemen or athletes. It can also be caused by improper footwear.
Achilles Tendinitis can be caused by an injury or by the pull tough muscular pull attachment to the bone called ACHILLES. A bony lump or bump can be noticeable over the heel, called” hag Lund deformity”. More or less, it is similar to plantar fasciitis. Most of the heels spurs can be easily managed by non-operative methods like,
- Silicone Heel Cups
- Custom Insoles
- Soft Microcellular Rubber Footwear
Foot exercising, which includes plantar fascia stretching, calf stretching etc. Let’s explore some of the most common truths and myths about heel itchiness.
Myth # 01. People with Flat Feet Are Prone To Heel Pain:
There is no connection between arch height, rolling in of the foot and heel pain. The only factor shown to be associated with heel pain is a loss of ankle dorsiflexion (forward bending). Changing in ankle dorsiflexion has been shown a reduction in heel pain. Consult the Best Orthopedic Surgeon In Karachi, Lahore or other main cities of Pakistan, if you are suffering from ankle dorsiflexion or other foot related disorders.
Myth # 02. Heel Spurs cause Heel Pain:
Many patients continue to believe that the heel spur is the source of the patient’s symptoms despite evidence to the contrary. But heel spurs seen on X-ray are considered an insignificant finding. If Spurs are shown on X-ray, they will have been present long before and long after the presentation of heel pain.
Myth #03. Custom-made Shoe Inserts Are the Treatment of Choice for Heel Pain:
The benefits of custom-made foot orthotics have shown that they are no more effective than other less expensive approaches including off-the-shelf arch supports, night splints, and silicone heel inserts.
If you experienced persistent heel pain, consult a doctor. He may evaluate the condition & suggest you an ultrasound for heel spur. Surgical interventions are very rare for heel pains.