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Heel Pain

Education

What is Heel Pain?

The heel bone is the largest of the 26 bones in the human foot, which also has 33 joints and a network of more than 100 tendons, muscles, and ligaments. Like all bones, it is subject to outside influences that can affect its integrity and its ability to keep us on our feet. Heel pain, sometimes disabling, can occur in the front, back, or bottom of the heel.

CAUSES

What Causes Heel Pain?

Heel pain has many causes. Heel pain is generally the result of faulty biomechanics (walking gait abnormalities) that place too much stress on the heel bone and the soft tissues that attach to it. The stress may also result from injury, or a bruise incurred while walking, running, or jumping on hard surfaces; wearing poorly constructed footwear; or being overweight.

Common causes of heel pain include:

  • Heel Spurs
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Excessive Pronation
  • Achilles Tendinitis

RESOURCES

More Information

For more information on causes and treatments for heel pain, see the APMA website.

SEEKING HELP

When to See a Podiatrist

Be sure to visit your podiatrist if you have heel pain that does not resolve within a few weeks. 

Here at Podiatry Associates, we will help you determine the best possible treatment option to provide the relief you need. Contact us today!

Your podiatric physician/surgeon has been trained specifically and extensively in the diagnosis and treatment of all manner of foot conditions. This training encompasses all of the intricately related systems and structures of the foot and lower leg including neurological, circulatory, skin, and the musculoskeletal system, which includes bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles, and nerves.

The information on this page is provided by The American Podiatric Medical Association.

EXPERIENCING FOOT PAIN?

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