Does The Way I Walk Cause My Heel Pain?

29 April 2021

In short…yes it absolutely can.

Heel pain is caused from many different things however a major reason can be linked to our foot structure and how it compensates to help stabilise our body when we walk.

One main thing that you must consider is the connection between how your hips, knees, ankles and feet move together when you walk and the link between the injuries that you get.

Can heel pain be caused from the way you walk?

ABSOLUTELY.

How our heel strikes the ground when we walk can be sometimes be determined by how your hip and leg move through gait. So, whatever your hip or leg is doing, THE FOOT NEEDS TO COMPENSATE FOR THIS.

If your leg in rolling in, causing your foot to roll in, then there will be a lot of pressure on your heel. This can cause a condition called Plantar Fasciitis, which is inflammation at the heel. It can also cause nerve entrapments, arch pain, aggravation of arthritis in the foot and Achilles Tendon problems.

Custom orthotics usually sort out the alignment issues and you will feel fabulous again, however it usually is only part of the solution. You also need to reduce the inflammation which correct footwear, strapping, shockwave therapy, calf stretches and gluteal strengthening can assist with.