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The Three Most Common Causes of Heel Pain

Tuesday, 13 July 2021 00:00

Heel pain is one of the most frequent complaints addressed by podiatrists. While there can be many causes for heel pain, the three most common causes are plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, and blisters. Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the ligament that runs along the bottom of the foot. It is caused by repetitive overuse from running, standing for prolonged periods of time, or wearing ill-fitting and uncomfortable shoes. The heel pain from this condition is usually at its worst upon taking your first steps in the morning. Achilles tendonitis is an inflammation of the tendon that connects your calf muscles to your heel bone. Like plantar fasciitis, this condition is also caused by overexertion of the tendon during physical activities. Blisters are fluid-filled bubbles of skin that form over a concentrated area of the foot due to friction. They can be prevented by wearing shoes and socks that fit properly and do not rub excessively against the foot. If you are suffering from heel pain, please seek the care of a podiatrist.

Many people suffer from bouts of heel pain. For more information, contact Dr. Jeffrey Bruening of Bruening Foot & Ankle. Our doctor 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 Covina and Alta Loma, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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