Heel Pain/Heel Spurs

What Causes Heel Pain?

It is important to find the cause of the heel pain and make an appointment with our heel pain specialist. The heel pain most common is at the bottom of the heel. Generally it may occur in the morning or after sitting for a while. The pain feels like a sharp throbbing pain, or it may feel like a soreness traveling up the calf or to the arch of foot. Some common causes of heel pain are:

  • Achilles Tendon – the muscles attached to the Achilles tendon becomes tight, limiting the ankles ability to move, causing excessive pronation that allows the plantar fascia to becoming irritated.
  • Heel Fracture – occurs with high-impact activities such as running.
  • Heel Spur – happens when the plantar fascia is pulled from the heel bone, causing the spur.
  • Plantar Fasciitis – the ligament that connects the heel to the toes becomes inflamed, causing pain to the heel or bottom of the foot.

Heel Pain Treatments

An examination determining the causes may include questions of the activities which may contribute to the condition as well as x-rays to check for heel spur formation. Other non-surgical treatment options may include:

  • Aggressive stretching of the calf
  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Inserts
  • Splints
  • Cortisone injections
  • Arch supports
  • Orthotics

If the heel pain condition is unresponsive to non-surgical methods, heel surgery may be recommended.

Information collected from the American Podiatric Medical Association, Inc

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