Heel pain and stiffness that is worse after rising from prolonged sitting or sleep may be an indicator of plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, or an injury, such as a stress fracture. Plantar fasciitis is a common ailment where the plantar fascia, the thick band of connective tissue on the sole of the foot running from the heels to the toes, becomes inflamed or sustains micro tears. Achilles tendonitis is an inflammation of the band of tissues that connect the calf muscle to the heel bone. A heel stress fracture usually comes from overuse, improper form, or intense exercise. Since other conditions may cause heel pain as well, if you are experiencing this type of pain and it does not improve with rest, wearing comfortable and supportive shoes, and gentle stretching, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and treatment.
Many people suffer from bouts of heel pain. For more information, contact one of the podiatrists of JE Foot & Ankle Associates. Our doctors 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.