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What Can Cause Heel Pain?

Tuesday, 12 March 2024 00:00

Heel pain, a common complaint among individuals of all ages, can significantly impact daily activities and quality of life. One common reason is plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of the thick band of tissue that runs across the bottom of the foot, often resulting from overuse or strain. Another prevalent cause is heel spurs, which are bony protrusions that develop on the underside of the heel bone due to repetitive stress or biomechanical issues. Achilles tendonitis, characterized by inflammation of the Achilles tendon at the back of the heel, is another frequent source of heel pain, often stemming from overuse or wearing improper footwear. Other factors contributing to heel pain can include stress fractures, arthritis, nerve irritation, and heel bursitis. Identifying the underlying cause of heel pain through thorough evaluation and diagnostic testing is vital for developing an appropriate treatment plan tailored to address the specific issue and alleviate discomfort effectively. If you have heel pain, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can determine what the cause is, and guide you toward appropriate treatment options.

Many people suffer from bouts of heel pain. For more information, contact Barry P. Weinstein, DPM of Bellaire Podiatry. 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


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 Bellaire and Houston, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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