The most common problem people have is heel pain — plantar fasciitis, usually, is the most common. They come in after putting it off for some period of time. They end up wanting to seek some treatment at that point, and are very happy and relieved once they are in the office and set up with the proper protocol, in terms of getting them better.
How much abuse does the heel take?
The heel takes a lot of abuse during our daily activities because heel strike occurs during the gait cycle. When you have heel strike, your body weight goes through there. The average person takes about 10,000 steps a day, so if you weigh 100 pounds, that’s a million pounds of pressure through each foot every day. The heel does go through a lot of abuse, and it’s the shock absorption of our body. That’s what ends up causing a lot of the pain we have.