Different Types of Heel Pain

Heel pain is pretty common, especially for adults. Your heel is the largest bone in your foot and can cause serious pain that can make even the smallest tasks seem like a chore. If you feel like your heels are aching, you should reduce the stress you put on them immediately and make sure your shoes are very comfortable and have enough room for your feet. It’s also important to see a podiatrist to make sure that you’re treating your heels the right way. Here are a few different causes of heel pain:

  1. Plantar fasciitis – This is an inflammation of the plantar fascia (the ligament that runs from through the center of your foot beginning from your heel.) Plantar fasciitis occurs when the tissues become irritated and inflamed due to over stretching of the ligament.
  2. Heel Bumps – Girls who wear heels before their feet are fully developed often end up with heel bumps. It is also common in people with flat foot. When the bone is not fully formed and is constantly being pushed or rubbed in the wrong way, a bump forms.
  3. Stress fracture – A stress fracture is caused when you repeatedly put stress onto the same area (of your foot). It is very common for runners because they follow a rhythm that is constant and sometimes run for several miles without changing their pace or their form.
  4. Inflammation of heel pad – If you have a heavy foot, you may end up with chronic inflammation of your heel. It can also occur if the pad of your heel becomes too thin and doesn’t give your heel bone enough protection.
  5. Achilles tendinitis – Because the Achilles tendon works in conjunction with the rest of your foot and is especially close to the heel, tendonitis in that area can cause a lot of heel pain. When the Achilles tendon begins to degenerate, it affects everything from your gait to your posture, which can put extra strain on the other parts of your foot.

Some other common reasons for heel pain are:

Dr. Kenneth R. Wilhelm of Clifton Foot & Ankle Center has been treating patients with heel pain and many other foot and ankle ailments for over seventeen years. If you have any questions, call our Centerville, VA office at 703-996-3000 or make an appointment here.

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