Causes and Treatment of Heel Pain

Heel pain can be a frustrating and debilitating condition that affects individuals of all ages and activity levels. There are several potential causes of heel pain, with plantar fasciitis being the most common culprit. This condition arises due to inflammation of the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue that supports the arch of the foot. Other causes of heel pain may include Achilles tendinitis, heel spurs, bursitis, or stress fractures. Effective treatment for heel pain depends on the underlying cause. Getting adequate rest and taking over-the-counter pain medications may offer temporary relief. However, addressing the root cause is crucial for long-term improvement. Performing stretching exercises, wearing orthotic inserts and supportive footwear are often recommended to alleviate symptoms and promote healing. Seeking professional medical advice is essential to accurately diagnose the cause of heel pain, which can determine what the most appropriate treatment plan is for a swift recovery. If you have heel pain, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can help you manage this condition.

Many people suffer from bouts of heel pain. For more information, contact one of our podiatrists of Advanced Foot & Ankle Medical Center . 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 Thousand Oaks, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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