Dealing with heel pain? Find out what might be to blame and how to treat it.
From plantar fasciitis to tendon injuries our podiatrists have seen and treated all causes of heel pain. If this is your first time dealing with heel pain it’s natural that you may be wondering what’s going on and what could be to blame. This is where we can help you find the answers you’re looking for. Here are some of the most common causes of heel pain.
To be able to figure out how to effectively treat your heel pain you have to first understand what is causing your pain. The most common cause of heel pain that our podiatrists often see is plantar fasciitis, a condition that causes inflammation of the plantar fascia. This usually occurs as a result of overuse or overstretching the tissue in the soles of the feet. Those who are pregnant, overweight, athletes, or runners are more likely to experience plantar fasciitis at some point during their lifetime.
If your heel pain doesn’t originate at the bottom of the heel but rather above the heel bone at the back of the leg then you could be dealing with Achilles tendonitis. Like plantar fasciitis, this condition is often brought about by overuse. If you participate in sports that require explosive jumping you may be at risk for Achilles tendonitis. Those with tight or weak calf muscles are also prone to developing Achilles tendonitis.
Surrounding the joints are little fluid-filled sacs known as bursae, which help to cushion and support the joints while in motion. When the bursae become inflamed, particularly around the heel, this can lead to pain that originates under or behind the heel. Bursitis may occur if you have structural imbalances that affect the way you walk or if you wear shoes that are worn out and don’t provide your heel with proper support.
A heel spur is a bony protrusion that often develops in the area where the heel bone and plantar fascia connect. This calcium deposit usually develops as a result of chronic stress and strain placed on the plantar fascia. As with plantar fasciitis, heel spurs are quite common in runners. Heel spurs may not actually be the root cause of your heel pain but they can develop as a result of other foot problems such as plantar fasciitis.
Are you looking for a podiatrist on the peninsula, that can treat your plantar fasciitis? If so, turn to Hampton Roads Foot and Ankle Specialists today by calling (757) 220-3311 for an appointment.