Heel Pain Brisbane

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Heel Pain in Brisbane? (or a Surrounding Area)  Call Heal My Heel Now!

Heel pain in Brisbane and surrounding areas is a frequently occurring problem. Whether it is Heel Bursitis in Brisbane or Achilles Tendonitis in Southport; Plantar Fasciitis in Toowoomba or Sever's Disease in Noosa, Heal My Heel can help! There are as many possible causes of heel pain as there are different heel pain pathologies, therefore it is essential to pinpoint exactly what those causes are, in order to initiate an effective treatment plan. At Heal My Heel, our Podiatrist Steve Lyford, has over 25 years of experience doing just that, helping people just like you to heal their heels and get back to a life without pain. Heal My Heel can help, so please contact us on 0406 320 221 or email any enquiries to hello@healmyheel.com.au

Heal My Heel - For Acute and Chronic Heel Pain Treatment in Brisbane (and Surrounding Areas)

As previously mentioned the incidence of heel pain can be influenced by many things, even climate. For example, the incidence of Achilles Tendonitis in Brisbane (and surrounding areas) is slightly higher than in say Hobart. Sever's Disease in Brisbane (and surrounding areas) occurs a little more frequently than in let's say Auckland, New Zealand. Footwear (or the lack of it), higher activity levels, hard sports fields; they are all contributing factors in heel pain related disorders and these factors are heavily influenced by climate. Plantar Fasciitis (Heel Spurs), Achilles Tendon issues, Sever's disease, etc, are all more likely to occur in the Summer months than the Winter, and in places with warmer climates, rather than cold. This statistic highlights the importance of two of the biggest underlying causes of heel pain related disorders:

  • Footwear. Whether you are a runner, a keen exercise walker, or you just spend many hours on your feet in your job, wearing the correct type of shoe, for your particular foot type is hugely important and can help prevent heel pain from arising or perhaps recurring. Heal My Heel will give you specific footwear advice and recommendations, for your particular foot type.
  • Hard, Flat Floors and Surfaces. Although there is little we can do to avoid these surfaces, whether it's concrete footpaths or floor tiles at home, or a hard, dry sports field when playing soccer, we should be conscious of how much these surfaces increase the ground reaction force, thus increasing the likelihood of heel pain arising. Simple steps like wearing contoured thongs or sandals, (with elevation at the heel) around the house, instead of bare feet, can help to significantly counteract this force.

Heel Spur in Brisbane (or Surrounding Area)?

Plantar Heel Spurs (as seen on X-Ray) are present in approximately one third of the population (in those without heel pain). The term Heel Spur is an outdated reference to the pathology we now know as Plantar Fasciitis. The Heel spur itself is not the cause of the pain, it is just in the same location as the pain. That is because the heel spur develops over time due to the tension of the Plantar Fascial attachments on the Calcaneus (heel bone). This is the site of the heel spur and the tension of the fascia on the bone draws it forward thus creating the heel spur. The pain only comes when this excessive tension also causes micro-tearing of these attachments, causing pain and inflammation - Plantar Fasciitis.

  • Plantar Fasciitis (Heel Spur) is most common in the 40-70 age bracket, with a slightly higher incidence in woman than men.
  • It is not necessary to treat or try to reduce the heel spur as such (if you have Plantar Fasciitis, and also a Heel Spur on  X-Ray). If the Plantar Fascial tears heal up, the pain will be resolved, regardless of whether you have a heel spur or not. With this in mind, if you have the symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis, the most appropriate scan to get is an ultrasound, or an MRI (which may show a thickening of the Plantar Fascia, or tears in it). Having an X-Ray is not necessary, as a heel spur (even if confirmed by X-Ray), is of no real consequence with regards to the pain.

So, if you've been told that your pain and symptoms is that of a Heel Spur (by a doctor, a loved one, or your upstairs neighbour), it's more than likely not a Heel Spur at all causing the pain, but Plantar Fasciitis.

About Heal My Heel

Heal My Heel's Podiatrist Steve Lyford, is an experienced and accomplished podiatrist. Steve offers:

  • A special interest and focus on heel pain. Steve has seen and treated thousands of heel pain cases with extremely high success rates. He knows heel pain, and how to treat it.
  • Extensive knowledge in the field of Orthotic Therapy. Steve has conducted a great deal of research and testing of the many different types of Orthotics available. He has found that most are not that effective for treating Heel Pain Pathologies. Steve prescribes specific purpose made Orthotics, which he believes more effectively reduces the tension on the Plantar Fascia and the Achilles Tendon.
  • Patient education. Steve believes in arming his patients with as much knowledge and information as possible for the best outcome and results.

Steve offers a friendly, compassionate and a comprehensive approach to Heel Pain, and will do everything possible to help you heal your heel, and become permanently pain free.

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