All about Heel Pain

Let’s face it: we take our heels for granted. They are a complex combination of bone, muscles and tendons. Along with the ankle, the heel works to distribute tremendous forces when running and walking.

But we certainly pay attention when our heels hurt. Persistent heel pain is not normal and has many causes:

  • Plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia ligament stretches along the bottom of the foot from the heel bone to the toes. Overuse or walking, running or standing on hard surfaces like concrete can cause the ligament to become inflamed and painful. Pain is usually worst when first getting out of bed in the morning.

  • Heel spur. This abnormal bone growth on the heel bone causes pain during standing or walking. Individuals with plantar fasciitis often develop heel spurs.

  • Achilles tendonitis or rupture. This tendon is located at the back of the heel and overuse can result in painful inflammation. A ruptured or torn tendon must be treated immediately.

  • Bursitis. Inflammation of the bursa, small sacs that cushion the bones, muscles and tendons in joints, can cause heel pain.

  • Stress fracture. Tiny cracks can appear in bones subjected to excessive stress.

There are many other causes for heel pain but they all have one thing in common: the need for a professional evaluation. Call our office for an appointment and we will quickly diagnose your heel pain problem and discuss treatment options. There is no reason to live with chronic heel pain!