• Cracked heel skin

Usually occurs in the summer when people wear backless shoes and do not put a moisture replenishing cream on their feet. In severe cases, the cracks in the skin can be so deep that the crack may bleed and become painful.

 

  • Heel pain

Can be as a result of a number of issues including but not limited to:

  • Damage to the plantar fascia (often known as plantar fasciitis or heel spurs);
  • heel spurs are bony growths on the heel bones often as a result of inflammation;
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Acute injury,
  • diabetes,
  • arthritis,
  • Sever’s Disease is an age related disease relating to the growth plates at the back of the heel. Usually found in 9 to 12 year olds where there is an abnormal loading of the achilles. It can occur as a result of rapid growth where the bones grow faster than the muscles can adapt or where the foot functions poorly.

 

  • Sprains

Depending on the cause of the strain a combination of rest, strengthening exercises and     kinesiology taping may be provided.

 

  • Flat feet can be a variation of the normal and do not necessarily indicate anything is wrong although it can also be a result of injury or health conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis or diabetes.
  • Treatment can include mobilization, strengthening exercises, stretches, the use of orthoses and/or supportive and stable footwear.