Are You Dealing With Heel Pain?

Of the 26 bones in your foot, the heel bone is the largest. When heel pain strikes, it has the potential to be disabling, whether it is in the front, back or bottom of that part of your foot. When too much stress is placed on your heel and the soft tissues attached to it, you will feel pain. Walking or running should not feel uncomfortable, and if you are dealing with heel pain, you need to be seen by a podiatrist who can diagnose the problem and suggest a treatment plan to provide much-needed relief.

 

Common Causes of Heel Pain

•   Plantar Fascitis

Plantar fasciitis is probably the most common cause of heel pain. It occurs when the band of connective tissue (fascia) that runs down the bottom (plantar surface) of the foot from the heel to the ball of the foot becomes inflamed and irritated. This condition is quite common among athletes, especially those who run and jump a lot in their sports.

Over time, the fascia becomes strained and tears or stretches along its length. Inflammation and pain occurs.

One sign of the problem is experiencing heel pain upon taking your first steps in the morning. As you walk, the pain may lessen or even disappearentirely. After a prolonged period of rest, it returns. You may also notice more pain after walking for a long time.

•   Heel Spurs

Heel spurs are another common cause of heel pain. The “spur”is a bony protrusion that extends forward as far as one-half inch. Heel spurs are caused by stretching of the long band of tissue that connects the heel and ball of the foot, repetitive strain on the muscles and ligaments of the foot, and repeated tearing away of the membrane that covers the heel bone. This condition is caused by running or jogging, obesity, improperly fitted or worn out shoes.

•   Achilles Tendinitis

Pain at the back of the heel may be caused by Achilles tendinitis. This condition is an inflammation of the Achilles tendon that runs behind the ankle and goes up the back surface of the heel bone. It is common among walkers and runners. When the tendon is strained over time, the fibres stretch and become inflamed.

 

Are you dealing with heel pain and are experiencing swelling, redness or heat in the region that is limiting your daily activities? You should be examined by Sheldon H. Nadal D.P.M.so that he can diagnose your condition and offer a treatment plan to provide you with symptom relief.