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Okeechobee (863) 357-1166
Clewiston (863) 983-0307
Boca Raton (561) 447-7571

Okeechobee (863) 357-1166
Clewiston (863) 983-0307
Boca Raton (561) 447-7571

Common Causes and Symptoms of Heel Pain

Tuesday, 24 January 2023 00:00

The heel bone, or calcaneus, is the largest of the 26 bones in the foot. Too much stress on the heel, such as repeatedly pounding the feet on hard surfaces, can cause soreness. The most common cause of heel pain is plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of the band of tissue that runs from the toes to the heel along the sole of the foot. Other sources of heel pain are wearing shoes that lack ample cushioning and shock absorption, running too far, and landing awkwardly on the feet. Tightness in the Achilles tendon, as well as biomechanical difficulties like flat feet and overpronation can also be causes of heel pain. Additional causes of heel pain include heel spurs, arthritis, and stress fractures. Depending on the cause, symptoms include pain, tenderness, swelling, numbness, and stiffness. If you are experiencing regular bouts of heel pain, it is a good idea to consult a podiatrist for an examination, a diagnosis, and an appropriate course of treatment. 

Many people suffer from bouts of heel pain. For more information, contact our doctors of Florida Foot Specialist. 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

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 one of our offices located in Okeechobee, Boca Raton, and Clewiston, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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