Heel pain is usually the result of a condition called plantar fasciitis. This condition occurs when the band of tissue that extends from the heel to the toes, becomes inflamed. People with flat feet, or high arches in their feet are more likely to develop plantar fasciitis. You should always take preventive measures in order to avoid getting heel pain in the future. These measures include: wearing properly fitted shoes, occasionally stretching your feet, and using orthotic inserts.
Anyone can wind up suffering from heel pain. For more information, contact Dr. LeKeisha George from Forest Hills Podiatric Medical Care. Dr. George can provide the care you need to keep your pain free and on your feet.
Causes of Heel Pain
â— 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.
â— 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.
â— 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 thing of the past.
With the advancements in technology and greater knowledge of how muscles and joints work, physical therapists can turn things around dramatically.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Forest Hills, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.