Among the numerous causes of heel pain, plantar fasciitis is at the top of the list. This common complaint is the result of overuse that inflames the band of tissue that runs beneath the foot. Wearing shoes that offer ample support and proper cushioning is a good way of preventing plantar fasciitis. Adding low-impact sports, such as swimming, is also recommended to give the plantar fascia a rest between high-impact activities. Another type of heel pain caused by overuse is Achilles tendonitis. This occurs when the Achilles tendon, which connects the calf muscles to the heel, becomes inflamed. In the most severe cases, the tendon can be ruptured, for which immediate medical attention is required. Noninsertional Achilles tendonitis involves small tears in the fibers of the middle part of the tendon. Insertional Achilles tendonitis affects the lower part of the tendon, where it attaches to the heel bone. Stretching the calf muscles and warming up before embarking on an exercise activity or sport can help to prevent this injury. If your heel pain is severe or is inhibiting your ability to carry out daily activities, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist for a diagnosis and treatment.
Many people suffer from bouts of heel pain. For more information, contact Leonard Talarico, DPM of Georgia. 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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