Myths about heel pain

Myths about heel pain


Heel spurs cause pain?

Heel Spurs RARELY cause pain! Did you know that multiple studies have shown that a very large percent of people that have heel spurs NEVER get pain!

Stretching is the answer?

At least 50% of the people we see have NO tightness in their calf muscles! If your calf is not tight - how is Stretching the answer to all your problems? 

Did you know many of our patients find an increase in pain after attempting stretching!

Cortisone will fix it?

The evidence for cortisone is POOR! One study showed if you got an injection of Saline or Cortisone – BOTH gave EXACTLY the same result!

Another study showed that at 3 months after the injection over 55% of people still had the same pain!

Your pain will “get better by itself over a few months”

The record for our clinic is 7 years! We see patients daily who have had this for between 2 and up to 7 years, before visiting us! Someone better tell them they should be better by now

Taking silica will “dissolve your spur”

So as above we know it’s NOT the spur that causes the pain! The ask if Silica is dissolving your bone spur how does it not dissolve any other parts of your bone?? The bones in your little finger? Your little toe?

Ice water bottles will make it go away

Over 90% of people who visit our clinic do so having tried rolling an ice water bottle in the arch without success. While there is little doubt while you use this therapy for most people with heel pain it’s at best a band aid. On many occasions delaying treatment only makes things worse leading to longer treatment times.

Another question – did you really pay to see a health professional to tell you advice that you could find on Google?

Rigid orthotics help heel pain

We have a draw FULL of HARD, RIGID and UNCOMFORTABLE orthotics from other practitioners that patients have asked us to keep because they simply can NOT wear them!

A foot is most definitely designed to roll inwards, this is called pronation. Pronation is very good for you and provides shock absorption! Blocking that pronation will remove your shock absorption and make your foot more uncomfortable!

Too much pronation can be a bad thing! But stopping it altogether can also create lots of problems and pain!

When we design our orthotics we design them to roll inwards and allow normal amounts of pronation so you have shock absorption! Don’t join our growing list of people with hard orthotics who end up placing them in our draw!


Tried silica, magnesium or other home remedies with no relief? 

So, you want to know more? Would you like to read our many blog posts on heel pain?

There is a lot to learn about heel pain please read a selection of some of the posts on our founding clinic page “A step ahead foot + ankle care” we have a long history of successfully treating difficult heel pain!

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