Why Does My Heel Hurt?

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One of the most common reasons people see a podiatrist is because of heel pain. At FL Foot Health we want to help educate patients about their feet. Heel pain can have many sources. That’s why it’s important to visit the podiatrist when your heel hurts. The foot doctor will be able to track down the root of your heel pain and prescribe the correct treatment. Need to find a qualified podiatrist in your area? Check our online directory.

Faulty Foot Mechanics

The heel bone is the largest bone in the foot. Frequently heel pain occurs when your foot is out of alignment and your gait is altered. These cause stress on the heel which leads to inflammation and pain. Some heel conditions related to biomechanical defects in the foot include:

·         Heel Spurs—this bony growth on the bottom of the heel can extend into the foot by as much as half an inch. It can develop because of strain on the muscles and ligaments of the foot due to overstretching of the plantar fascia, the long band of tissue that connects the heel bone to the ball of the foot.

·         Plantar Fasciitis—aggravation of the plantar fascia can also lead to inflammation of the ligament and a disorder known as plantar fasciitis. Signs of this condition include heel pain that is particularly bad first thing in the morning which may ease up as you walk around but then get worse again after you’ve been on your feet for a while.

·         Excessive pronation—excessive inward motion of your foot can flatten the arch. When you have flat feet, the heel hits the ground with excessive force causing extreme pain over time.

Heel Pain can also be a symptom of a disease such as rheumatoid arthritis, or other physical issues like bursitis, a neuroma or Haglund’s deformity (pump bump). The podiatrist will examine your entire foot and ankle and also get a medical history to determine why your heel is hurting. Different causes will require different treatments and the foot doctor will design a treatment plan that is custom-tailored to your condition and your lifestyle.

To learn more about heel pain and other podiatric conditions, contact us.