Burning pain in the heel causes serious problems for many people. As a result an individual could feel the limit in the quality of life due to unpleasant feelings in the heel.
When feeling heel pain, people usually think of a local heel problem. Be it inflammation of the arch of the foot or plantar fasciitis, metatarsalgia, inflamed tendon…. Burning pain in the heel can also occur due to other pathologies. Read the article and identify the cause of burning heel pain.
Burning heel pain – 3 most common reasons
Heel pain due to heel spur
A heel spur occurs when excess calcium in the body is deposited on the heel. The localisation of the burning heel pain is on the underside of the heel and in the middle of it. Also, a heel spur is characterised by pain on touching the heel, exactly at a certain point.
Burning heel pain at night
People most often complain of burning heel pain at night and resting during the day, but there is also morning pain in the heel and stiffness in the foot.
During the night all the information from your body are at their lowest. Therefore the greatest injury in the body comes to the surface and begins to send information about pain to the brain.
Treating heel spur with ESWT therapy
ESWT therapy is not the only therapy when it comes to removing the heel spur, but it is certainly the most effective therapy. In fact, it is the only slightly more “invasive” or strong one that physically causes a change in hard structures.
And yet this is no guarantee of a full recovery. The factors that most influence the outcome of rehabilitation are age and duration of injury. That’s why the heel spur is really a real “thorn in the heel” for physiotherapists.
Burning heel pain can originate from the spine
Age-related changes in the spine and the settling of the intervertebral discs can constrict the nerve roots that come out from an individual intervertebral space. These are the nerve roots that innervate our limbs and torso.
When people have problems with the lumbar spine, where the nerves are responsible for delivering information to the lower extremities, then heel pain due to the spine problems is also possible.
Dull pain usually begins in the lumbar region or “lower back,” which can spread to one or both legs. The extent to which neurological symptoms radiate to the lower extremity depends on the level of nerve compression in the spine and how strong this compression has. Thus, some will only feel uncomfortable sensations in the buttocks, while others will complain of burning heel pain.
Pinched nerve can cause different feelings in the lumbar spine like tingling, a burning sensation along the leg, dull pain, and in some cases a feeling of cold.
How do we distinguish heel pain originating from the spine from other pathologies?
When we perform all examinations (clinical testing and imaging) for the ankle and foot and they do not show changes in the tissues, then we can conclude that it is transmitted pain from the lumbar spine. Even if an individual sometimes does not complain specifically about pain in the lumbar region, it can covertly cause problems in the lower extremity.
Plantar fasciitis also causes heel pain
Surely you know the term inflammation of the arch of the foot? In other words, this is called plantar fasciitis. It is an overload injury that occurs due to various factors.
It most often occurs in recreational athletes due to overload, in overweight people and due to inappropriate footwear. However, we must not forget that plantar fasciitis can also occur as a result of a heel spur due to prolonged rubbing of the tendon of the plantar fascia at the growth on the heel.
Plantar fasciitis causes pain just below the heel, where the tendon of the arch of the foot grows on the heel and in the middle of the arch of the foot. The patient reports pain along the entire sole, the worst is always in the morning.
When the foot is active and warm most people do not feel pain, but it returns very quickly when the arch of the foot cools down.
Physiotherapy successfully eliminates plantar fasciitis
Physiotherapy successfully soothe and eliminate inflammatory condition. The combination of Tecar therapy, ultrasound therapy, manual therapy and dry needling give exceptional results. Even the chronic condition can be significantly improved in just a few therapies.