Diagnosing Heel Pain

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The first step to treating heel pain is to identify the specific heel pain condition that is you are experiencing. To do this several simple tests are performed in the office. An accurate medical history will provide many clues to what is happening in your foot.

The physical exam begins with an assessment of your circulation and feeling to your feet as this can affect which treatment is recommended for you. A complete biomechanical examination (we check the range of motion of all the joints) and gait analysis (we watch you stand and walk) are performed to identify any structural concerns. Finally, the painful area must be palpated to determine the exact location of your pain. An x-ray may be necessary to determine an abnormal bone growth or heel spur.

In addition, your shoes will be analysed for abnormal wear patterns and to determine if you are wearing the correct shoe for your foot structure.