Heel pain affects roughly 1 out of every 10 people in the world, particularly runners and those between the ages of 40 and 60. Heel pain generally builds up and worsens over time, and most commonly it is a result of damage to the plantar fascia. The plantar fascia is the band of tissue that runs along the sole of the foot and connects the heel bone to the toes. Any damage, whether it is sudden or reoccurring over time, will cause the plantar fascia to thicken, along with the surrounding tissues and heel bone. This is known as plantar fasciitis. Other less common sources of heel pain include stress fractures, bursitis, wearing of the fat pad under the heel, or a heel spur. If you are suffering from heel pain, it is important to consult with a podiatrist to receive a proper diagnosis. Once the source of the pain is determined, your podiatrist will be able to provide treatment options for your specific condition.
Many people suffer from bouts of heel pain. For more information, contact one of our podiatrists of PA Foot & Ankle Associates. 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
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.
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