Our feet are prone to aches and pains, partly because of the weight of the body that is endured daily. Heel pain can occur for various reasons and negatively impact productivity. An Achilles tendon injury may bring pain to the heels and the calf and cause difficulty walking. A condition that many patients suffer from is known as plantar fasciitis, and this happens when the plantar fascia becomes inflamed. This is the band of tissue that is found on the sole and is needed for pain-free walking, running, and balancing. Sometimes the pain can be unbearable with this condition, and medical attention is often sought. A heel spur is another cause of heel pain, and it is defined as a small bone that grows from the heel as a result of the body’s natural protection against a heel injury. It can cause a considerable amount of pain, despite its small size. If you have heel pain, it is strongly urged that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can determine the cause and offer proper treatment techniques.
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.
If you have any questions please contact one of our offices located in Allentown, Easton, Northampton, and Chew Street in Allentown, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.