A heel injury is very common, but must always be addressed as soon as possible to prevent the injuries from getting worse or affecting your ability to go about your daily life. Because heel pain occurs on your feet it makes walking an issue, and this can restrict your everyday movements hugely. For those who are on their feet every day for their job, you may find that when you have suffered an injury to the heel, it may be both more likely to occur and more troublesome to overcome.
What causes you to have suffered an injury to the heel?
Heel pain can be caused by a number of different things. Because you are on your feet most of the day, with your entire weight going through your heels, heel pain can often be caused by the constant stress and pressure your heels are under. The most common cause of heel pain is plantar fasciitis, which occurs when the ligament that runs underneath your foot tears or becomes inflamed. It is not a serious condition, but can be very painful and affect your day to day life.
Heel spurs are another common cause of heel pain, brought on by fragments of bone extending from the heel of the foot towards the toes. As they develop, the pain will become more severe and limit the person’s ability to walk around freely more and more.
Achilles tendonitis is another popular cause of heel pain, caused by tearing of the tendons around the heel usually due to excessive pressure or repetitive stress on the heel.
How can heel pain be treated?
Doctors will prescribe rest, pain relief and simple exercises to help with heel pain. Because people tend to need to move around throughout the day, when suffering from any heel injury the recovery process can be long and drawn out. This may frequently affect a person’s ability to work or function normally. Although these treatments do work, it can feel for a long time as though nothing is changing.
What caused my heel injury?
If you do a lot of sport or lead a very active life, it may come down to that. In this case, all you can do is restrict what you do throughout the day and try to rest as much as possible. For those in physically demanding jobs, the cause of heel pain may be just that. If you feel that you have not been given enough breaks or the support you need to prevent your ongoing heel injury, it is important that you find out what you can do.
You may be entitled to compensation. Call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile, to see if you are entitled to compensation. You will speak to one of the friendly, professional team of advisors who will be able to help you with your claim. There is no obligation to go ahead once you have discussed your claim, so it is worth calling and seeing if the team can help you.