The heel bone is the largest bone in your foot and it is susceptible to a variety of injuries from all the stress and pressure that occurs to your feet on a daily basis. Bone growths can make wearing shoes uncomfortable or impossible and arch and tendon injuries can radiate pain to the heel such as occurs with plantar fasciitis.
3 common causes of heel pain include the following:
- Plantar fasciitis—This is one of the most common causes of heel pain, but the actual injury occurs in the plantar fascia, which is the wide band of tissue that forms your arch. Tiny tears in the plantar fascia can undermine its integrity and radiating pain is often felt in the heel area.
- Haglund’s deformity—This painful bone growth appears on the back of the heel and is largely caused by the excessive pressure and rubbing from the back of your shoes. It is especially common in women who often wear high heels.
- Achilles tendonitis, tears, or break—This is the large tendon that connects your calf muscle to your foot at the insertion point in the back of the heel. It can become inflamed and painful from the stress of sports, work, and exercise. In severe injuries, a partial or complete break can occur, often requiring surgery to repair.
Many instances of heel pain can be treated conservatively using custom fitted orthotic inserts, which when properly placed, will take pressure off of the heel area so that healing can occur.
If you are experiencing heel pain, see your podiatrist for the proper diagnosis and treatment. At Family Foot & Ankle Clinic, Dr. Stephen Markantone treats a wide variety of foot and ankle conditions including sports injuries, diabetic foot issues, pediatric foot conditions, toe and foot deformities, fungal infections, and heel problems. Equipped with the most advanced technologies and a dedicated staff, Family Foot & Ankle Clinic provides individualized and high-quality care for patients in the North Versailles and Delmont, PA areas. Contact our North Versailles office at 412-824-9370 or our Delmont office at 724-733-3338 to schedule an appointment.