How Foot Posture Influences Heel Pain

If you take a moment and think about your body as a physical structure, your feet are the foundation. This is important to note because everything above them is affected by the base they form. When feet have a normal, sound structure, the legs, hips, and back all line up correctly. With any variation from a normal structure, problems can arise.

Whereas issues can certainly be found further up into the body, foot posture plays a role in the health and well-being of your heels. In part, this can be attributed to the positioning of those other body parts.

Heel Pain You probably are at least somewhat familiar with the old song “Dem Bones.” If you don’t think you are, it’s the one that goes “The toe bone’s connected to the foot bone/The foot bone’s connected to the heel bone/…” Anatomical inaccuracies aside (there’s no single “foot bone”!), the song does raise a good point: our bodies are connected structures. This means an issue in one area can affect another area, even if it doesn’t seem like this should be the case.

If you have misalignment in one (or both) of your feet, your body is forced to compensate as excessive forces are placed on areas not intended to handle those particular force loads.

Heel pain is a common complaint for patients who come to visit us at Sierra Foot & Ankle. Many of them may think their shoes are to blame or this is a normal occurrence that happens while getting older. In some cases, the problem is actually misalignment in the foot or feet. This can be the result of overcompensation by the body.

Another potential way foot posture can influence heel pain is when abnormal alignment in the leg leads to excessive tugging of the Achilles tendon. This important tendon connects the calf muscle to the heel bone so you can move your feet up and down. When there is excessive tension on the tendon, you may experience pain in the back of the heel from a condition known as insertional Achilles tendinitis.

The treatment and prevention for these kinds of issues can be the same: a pair of custom orthotic devices. Orthotics that are customized to your unique feet can improve their posture and place them in a better position to correct biomechanical abnormalities. When we can correct the foot’s position, we can get your body back in balance so you can say goodbye to pain in the heel (and knee, hip, and lower back).

At Sierra Foot & Ankle, we have a full-service orthotics lab on site that enables us to provide you with the best possible treatment courtesy of these valuable medical devices. We design custom inserts, braces, and shoes to resolve any problems with your foot structure. For more information, or to request your appointment with either our Carson City or Gardnerville, NV offices, simply give us a call at 888-608-8406 and our staff will be glad to help. If you’d prefer you can also request your appointment online right now.

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