Common Causes of Heel Pain

Did you know your heel is the biggest bone in your foot? Or, that your foot is a complex network of more than 150 bones, tendons, and joints? Our heels help bear the brunt of our weight and take us everywhere we want to go. It’s no wonder we experience heel pain from time to time. 

While some heel pain is normal, there are times when you should seek medical treatment. Here are several common causes of heel pain and what you should do about them:

Plantar fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is when the thick band of tissue near the soles of your feet becomes inflamed. This condition can be incredibly painful and usually causes stabbing pain around your heel.

Heel spurs

A heel spur is an abnormal area of bone growth that protrudes at the bottom of your heel bone. It’s often associated with plantar fasciitis because around 50% of people with the condition also have a heel spur.

Tarsal tunnel syndrome

The compression of your posterior tibial nerve leads to a painful condition known as tarsal tunnel syndrome. The pain is usually isolated to the inside of the ankle. Sometimes, it can extend well beyond to your heel, toes, and even calf.

Achilles tendonitis

The tendon that connects your heel to your calf muscles is susceptible to inflammation during periods of overuse. Are you constantly jumping or running? That can cause Achilles tendonitis, which impacts the heel.

Fracture

Heel fractures are usually sudden and severe. They're typically caused by extreme force. For example, a serious fall or car accident.

Arthritis

Several types of arthritis, like rheumatoid or Ankylosing spondylitis, impact your feet and heels. Not only could you experience pain, but also swelling and serious discomfort.

Sprains or strains

If you’re athletic or active, it’s likely that sooner or later you’ll develop a sprain or a strain. Sprains usually develop as a result of overuse when soft tissues around your joints tear or stretch beyond capacity.

Treatment options for heel pain

The type of treatment that Dr. Mirylsa Colón-Martínez elects for your heel pain depends on what’s causing it. She and her team will conduct a thorough investigation of your health history, ask questions about your daily activities, and perform a physical exam to determine the best treatment for your condition. Some of the methods she may use for your heel pain include:

Find out why your heel is in pain and learn how you can relieve it. Visit us at OrthoWellness. We're a leading orthopedic and wellness MedSpa in Boca Raton, Florida, and would love to help ease your pain. Contact us to book your personal consultation.  

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