The heel is unique. It is a cushion of fatty tissue that maintains its shape despite the pressure that is endured daily. Heel pain can occur from wearing shoes that do not fit correctly or standing on hard surfaces for most of the day. Obesity may cause the heels to hurt and may be diminished when additional weight is shed. Some people are born with abnormal foot structures, and this may lead to chronic heel pain. Plantar fasciitis is a common condition of the heel that can cause pain and discomfort. A podiatrist can prescribe custom-made orthotics, which may help to provide relief, and surgery may be necessary for more severe cases. Children who participate in sporting activities may be prone to developing Sever’s disease. This condition affects the heels of children and young teenagers during growth spurts. If you have heel pain for any reason, it is strongly advised that you seek help from a podiatrist who can determine the cause and offer treatment options that are correct for you.
Many people suffer from bouts of heel pain. For more information, contact one of our podiatrists of Palm Beach Foot & Ankle. 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
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 offices located in Boynton Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, and West Palm Beach, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.