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Sources of Heel Pain and When to See a Doctor

Tuesday, 06 July 2021 00:00

Heel pain is a common problem that can have a variety of causes. Pain can result from bone damage like a bone bruise or stress fracture, or it can come from structural issues like plantar fasciitis or Achilles tendonitis. Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain, and this occurs when the tissue that connects the heel to the toes becomes inflamed. Achilles tendonitis is another common source of pain in the heel which occurs when the Achilles tendon that connects the heel bone to the calf becomes inflamed. Other sources of heel pain that are less common include issues that affect the fatty pad at the bottom of the heel. This pad can become bruised or wear away due to aging or trauma. Patients who are unsure why they are experiencing heel pain should consult with a podiatrist. Other signs visiting a podiatrist may be necessary include the inability to walk comfortably, pain that lasts for more than a few days, swelling, pain while resting, or signs of an infection, such as redness, warmth, or a fever.

Many people suffer from bouts of heel pain. For more information, contact Dr. Thomas Madden of Advanced Foot Care Center. 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.

If you have any questions please contact our office located in Killeen, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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