Heel pain

Heel pain can be sharp and extreme

Does this sound like you?

  • “It feels like I’ve been stabbed in the heel with a hot poker.”
  • “I get a stabbing pain in my heel when I get up in the morning. It usually improves after a few minutes of limping around.”
  • “After sitting for a while, when I stand up the stabbing pain returns.”
  • “I dread putting my feet on the ground in the morning and walk around on my toes to stop the pain.”

The Foot Group can help

Heel pain is probably the most common painful foot complaint we see. The good news is that over our many years of experience, our highly trained podiatrists have successfully treated thousands of cases like yours.

If you are suffering any of these complaints, give us a call on either of the phone numbers at the top of the page, at your preferred clinic location.

Common conditions associated with heel pain are plantar faciitis (heel spur) or bursitis.

How do we treat and prevent heel pain?

Orthotic therapy is the most effective treatment for this type of condition. Learn more about foot orthotics

Appropriate footwear is important in preventing heel pain. As our podiatrists focus on biomechanics, we are experts in shoe recommendation. Learn more about our footwear advice

Other solutions may involve:

  • Cold presses or ice packs
  • Anti-inflammatory tablets
  • Cushioning
  • Massaging the foot
  • Muscle strengthening
  • Stretching exercises

In conjunction with prescription foot orthotics, these treatments will provide long-term relief.

More about heel pain

  • Pain when walking: Achilles tendon pain explained

    The Achilles tendon attaches the very powerful calf muscles at the back of your leg to the heel bone (calcaneus). Tendonitis is inflammation of the tendon, and when this becomes … Read more »
  • Sever’s disease

    Sever’s disease

    Sever’s disease (or heel pain) is painful inflammation at the back part of the heel bone where the Achilles tendon attaches to it. It is seen in active growing children … Read more »
  • Heel spurs: What are they?

    Heel spurs: What are they?

    If you have been having heel pain your doctor may have referred you for an X-ray, which may reveal heel spurs. Heel spurs occur over time from stresses to the … Read more »
  • What is plantar fasciitis?

    What is plantar fasciitis?

    Plantar fasciitis is most commonly described as a ‘heel spur’ or ‘heel pain’ and is often characterised by pain in the morning. Causes include weight gain, tight calf muscles, pronation/supination, … Read more »