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Why Is My Heel Painful?

Tuesday, 16 August 2022 00:00

If you have heel pain, you may find it difficult or even impossible to perform daily activities or participate in sports. There are several different causes of heel pain, with the most common one being plantar fasciitis. This is an overuse injury of the plantar fascia tissue that connects the heel with the toes on the bottom of the feet. People with plantar fasciitis can sometimes also have heel spurs, which are calcium deposits on the heel bone in response to repetitive trauma in the area. Heel spurs may or may not be symptomatic. Pain in the back of the heel may be due to calcaneal apophysitis. This condition can occur in children between 8 and 14 and is typically due to irritation from athletic activities or new shoes. Pain at the back of the heel may also be due to bursitis, which is an inflammation of the retrocalcaneal bursa sac between the heel and the Achilles tendon. This is also usually an overuse injury causing pain and inflammation. Posterior calcaneal exostosis, or pump bump, also causes pain at the back of the heel. This is a bony growth that develops mostly in women who wear high-heeled pumps. Achilles tendonitis is another type of overuse injury causing pain and inflammation to the tendon attached to the heel bone. It is suggested that you consult a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and effective treatment plan. 

Many people suffer from bouts of heel pain. For more information, contact one of our podiatrists of Advanced Podiatry. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Causes of Heel Pain

Heel pain is often associated with plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a band of tissues that extends along the bottom of the foot. A rip or tear in this ligament can cause inflammation of the tissue.

Achilles tendonitis is another cause of heel pain. Inflammation of the Achilles tendon will cause pain from fractures and muscle tearing. Lack of flexibility is also another symptom.

Heel spurs are another cause of pain. When the tissues of the plantar fascia undergo a great deal of stress, it can lead to ligament separation from the heel bone, causing heel spurs.

Why Might Heel Pain Occur?

  • Wearing ill-fitting shoes                  
  • Wearing non-supportive shoes
  • Weight change           
  • Excessive running

Treatments

Heel pain should be treated as soon as possible for immediate results. Keeping your feet in a stress-free environment will help. If you suffer from Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis, applying ice will reduce the swelling. Stretching before an exercise like running will help the muscles. Using all these tips will help make heel pain a condition of the past.

If you have any questions please contact our offices located in Union, NJ and the Upper East Side, Manhattan . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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