Chronic heel pain usually occurs when the initial or underlying cause of the heel pain was not properly treated or managed, severely impacting daily activities like walking and exercising.
Chronic ankle sprains, on the other hand, are a result of suffering from repeated ankle sprains that have not yet fully been healed. The ligaments in the ankle have been stretched or torn beyond their limits.
What Causes Chronic Heel Pain?
Signs and Symptoms
Symptoms of a chronic heel pain is characterised by continuous or worsening pain and discomfort felt on the heel of the foot, or behind the heel. Symptoms of a chronic ankle sprain, on the other hand, can consist of:
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How are They Treated?
Chronic heel pain and chronic ankle sprain share some similar treatments:
Chronic Heel Pain
Chronic Ankle Sprain
When treating chronic heel pain, the root cause of the pain needs to be identified. If the pain persists despite conservative treatment, then orthopaedic surgery might be recommended. This may include open surgery or endoscopy, such as endoscopic release of the plantar fascia, loosening tight calves, or correction of the flat foot with the use of an implant.
Surgery for chronic ankle sprain, on the other hand, entails repairing the ligament (e.g. arthroscopic ligament surgery) or reconstructing the ligament (using a graft to replace the torn tissue).