Having heel pain can cause difficulty in pursuing daily activities. It can happen from enduring a sprain or fracture, or there may be existing medical conditions that can lead to getting heel pain. Out of the 26 bones in each foot, the heel bone is the largest. Wearing shoes that do not fit correctly may cause common heel conditions, such as plantar fasciitis or heel spurs, to develop. Additional forms of heel pain can be from bursitis, or if an Achilles tendon injury has occurred. Swelling and redness may accompany heel pain, and it is often difficult to walk. Mild relief may be found when the affected foot is frequently elevated, and shoes that are worn fit properly. Some patients choose to put a heel lift or a shoe insert inside the shoe, which may help to reduce existing pain. If you have heel pain, it is strongly suggested that you consult with a podiatrist as quickly as possible. This type of doctor can determine what the cause is, and offer you the treatment method that is best 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.