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Why Does Heel Pain Occur?

Monday, 14 September 2020 00:00

Research has indicated that the heel maintains its natural shape despite the amount of weight and pain it can endure. Many patients experience heel pain as a result of being overweight, wearing shoes that do not fit correctly, or medical conditions that can include Sever’s disease or plantar fasciitis. Additionally, people who have a heel injury, stand for extended periods of time throughout the day, or have an abnormal gait may have heel pain. This type of discomfort may be monitored or prevented by properly warming up or cooling down after running, and it may help to wear shoes that have supportive heels. If you have any form of heel pain, it is suggested that you schedule a consultation with a podiatrist who can effectively treat this condition.

Many people suffer from bouts of heel pain. For more information, contact one of our podiatrists of Family Foot Care of Long Island. 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.

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

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