Treating Heel Pain

The biggest mistake doctors and practitioners make

Ready for the shocking truth? Let’s hear the most frustrating mistake that doctors and practitioners make when treating heel pain. Watch the video now.

Not all heel pain is the same. There are multiple causes of heel pain including plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis and muscle overuse (tibialis posterior tendonopathy).

The problem is, plantar fasciitis (also known as runner’s heel) is one of the most popular causes of heel pain and so practitioners tend to misdiagnose ALL heel pain as fasciitis.

Dr Foot says, “The problem with practitioners diagnosing all heel pain as fasciitis is that they also treat all heel pain in the same way—no one solution is perfect for everyone!”

What are the symptoms of plantar fasciitis?

Typical indicators of plantar fasciitis include:

  • Stabbing pain and stiffness in the underside of the heel
  • Heel pain that’s more intense in the morning or after sitting for lengthy periods
  • Pain in the heel after standing for hours
  • Pain that increases after activity
A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoesCharles Spurgeon

If these factors don’t relate to your heel pain—or even if they do, it’s important to know that your practitioner has considered and explored a multitude of potential causes of your heel pain.

Without an individual care plan, there’s no guarantee the underlying cause of your heel pain is being addressed.


Founder of A Step Ahead Foot + Ankle Care in Sydney and former president of the Australasian Podiatry Council Dr Brenden Brown (A.K.A Dr Foot) is a wealth of knowledge on how to take care of your feet, including how to find the best shoes.

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