Having heel pain is a common complaint, especially among runners and older adults. A common cause of heel pain is plantar fasciitis, when the tissue that connects the heel to the toes becomes damaged or inflamed. Certain stretching exercises and medication can help to alleviate these symptoms. As you age, the padding under the heel diminishes and heel pain is more likely to occur, especially if you are overweight. Sometimes just stopping any foot-pounding activity, such as running, is enough to help reduce the pain. Eating healthier meals to lose weight, resting your heels more often, and wearing shoes with better cushioning may also lessen the pain. Wearing orthotic inserts in your shoes can help as well. If heel pain continues or becomes more severe, it’s a good idea to seek the guidance of a podiatrist who can examine your feet, diagnose the cause, and offer various treatment options.
Many people suffer from bouts of heel pain. For more information, contact Dennis Grandy, DPM of California. Our doctor 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.
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