- 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,
- 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.
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.