What Causes Heel Pain? Your Guide to Relief
We understand that you are unique, and therefore your heel pain is unique. In fact, your pain is quite literally unique to you, as there is not one singular cause—heel pain is a symptom rather than a diagnosis. Several conditions or injuries can affect the heel, the most common of which is plantar fasciitis.
Plantar fasciitis is inflammation and tearing in the plantar fascia ligament, which is a band of connective tissue that spans most of the bottom of your foot. This inflammation tends to be localized near the bottom of the heel and often hurts worst in the early morning or after you first stand from a long rest.
However, just because plantar fasciitis is the most common cause, that doesn’t mean you have it. Other common conditions that can cause heel pain include Achilles tendinitis, heel spurs, Haglund’s deformity, stress fractures, and compressed nerves. Because the list of causes is so long, it’s important to get an accurate diagnosis before treatment begins. That way, we can tailor treatment, focusing on the most effective methods for your situation.
Most Common Causes of Heel Pain
- Active hobbies that place a lot of stress on the feet (running, high-impact sports, dance, etc.)
- Wearing poor-quality shoes that don’t properly support or cushion the heels
- Structural anomalies in the feet, such as flat feet or high arches
- Occupations that keep you on your feet most of the day
- Being overweight
Get Your Free Guide to Heel Pain & See Us Today!
At Lakes Foot & Ankle Associates, we believe in helping those in our community who suffer from heel pain. To that end, we’re here to provide you with the most useful and comprehensive information available so that you can make the best possible decision about your own health. Download our free guide, written by our own expert Dr. Shanahan, to learn more about the causes of heel pain and the many ways we can treat this condition.
When you’re ready, come and see us to get your personalized plan! Call us at (248) 360-3888 or contact us online to schedule your appointment and say goodbye to heel pain for good.