Just to clarify, we are referring here to an insert placed within a shoe to raise the heel. We are not talking about heel lift exercises, although those certainly have their uses, too.
The use of heel lifts can be especially helpful for patients whose heel pain is the result of excess strain caused by tight calf muscles or Achilles tendons. The lower the heel, the more these tissues may be forced to stretch and strain against the heel. This, in turn, can contribute to painful problems such as plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendinitis.
Heel lifts help accommodate this condition by lessening stress caused by the pull of the Achilles and calves. When used individually or in conjunction with additional conditioning measures such as stretching, heel lifts can significantly lessen discomfort and reduce injury risk.If you are seeking help for persistent heel or foot pain, please don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with us.