What Is It: Inflammation of the growth plate of the heel
Causes: Growth spurt where the heel bone grows faster than the surrounding muscles and ligaments, standing for long periods, overuse from participating in lots of sporting activities like running and jumping
Symptoms: Pain in heel usually at the back or underneath the heel. Inflammation and tenderness, pain when walking, ankle stiffness. Symptoms are worse with activity and improve with rest. Often affects both feet at the same time
Treatment: Strengthening and stretching exercises , rest, orthotics, medication. Symptoms usually settle within 2 months.
Unfortunately my doctor has relocated and I had to set an appointment with a different foot and ankle orthopedist – which is going to take some time now. Therefore, I’ve decided to take it to the extreme – I bought a knee scooter which I’ve been using for 5 days now, except when I’m home (I don’t do much walking home) to offload my heel. So far the pain isn’t going away, but there’s an improvement when my body is “warm”; I feel the full pain much more when I’m lying down and resting for a long period, less so if my body is active (while using the knee scooter).