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What Causes Heel Pain?

Monday, 03 May 2021 00:00

The plantar fascia is a band of tissue that connects the bones in the ball of the foot with the heel bone. A variety of stressors can contribute to this tissue tearing and becoming inflamed, such as obesity, a tight Achilles tendon, standing all day, repeated overuse from certain sporting activities, and wearing shoes with insufficient cushioning. Heel pain can occur either along the inside of the heel or on the bottom part of the heel. It can also vary in intensity from a dull ache to a sharp pain when you first arise in the morning. If you experience any pain in your heel, make an appointment with a podiatrist for accurate diagnosis and treatment.

Many people suffer from bouts of heel pain. For more information, contact Dr. Waymon Lewis of Weatherford Podiatry Clinic. 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 office located in Weatherford, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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