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What Is Causing Your Heel Pain?

Pain in the heel is a very common problem, but it can occur for a variety of reasons – including structural issues, like plantar fasciitis, or Achilles tendonitis. Generally, the most common source of heel pain is plantar fasciitis, which is a result of the tissues that connect the heel to the toes (the plantar fascia) becoming inflamed or partially torn. Achilles tendonitis is also common and occurs when the Achilles tendon (which connects the heel to the calf) becomes inflamed and pulls on the heel. Heel pain can also occur from damage to the bone, such as a bone bruise or stress fracture. The fatty pad at the bottom of the heel can wear away over time and cause pain as well.  Ultimately, it’s a good idea for anyone who is struggling with heel pain to consult with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis of the source of their pain. Upon diagnosis, a treatment option can be developed.

Many people suffer from bouts of heel pain. For more information, contact one of our podiatrists of Parkwood Podiatry. 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 Brunswick and Hinesville, GA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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