Why Does Heel Pain Occur?
Heel pain is generally the result of faulty biomechanics (walking gait abnormalities) that place too much stress on the heel bone and the so tissues that attach to it. e stress may also result from injury or a bruise incurred while walking, running, or jumping on hard surfaces; wearing poorly constructed footwear; or being overweight. Heel pain is also common among children ages 8–13 due to a rise in sports activity between these ages.
- Plantar Fasciitis—in ammation of the band of brous connective tissue running along the bottom of the foot. is condition is common among athletes who tend to do extensive walking and running.
- Excessive Pronation—excessive attening of the foot (pronation) creates tension/pulling on the fascial band, o en with reactive bone formation (spurring). Flattening of the arch is aggravated by a tight Achilles tendon.
- Heel Spur—a bony growth on the underside of the heel bone.
- Improper or Inadequate Foot Support— walking barefoot; walking in socks, slippers, or ats; or wearing shoes with exible soles lacking adequate support.
- Sever’s Disease
- Haglund’s Deformity
- Achilles Tendinitis
- Bone Bruises
- Stress Fractures
Prevention and Podiatric Medical Care
- Wear shoes that t well.
- Wear the proper shoes for each activity.
- Do not wear shoes that have excessive wear on heels or soles.
- Prepare properly before exercising. Stretch before and a er walking and jumping.
- Pace yourself when you participate in athletic activities.
- Don’t underestimate your body’s need for rest and good nutrition.
- Lose weight, if you are obese.
If pain or other symptoms of in ammation, redness, swelling, and heat persist, limit normal daily activities and contact a podiatrist.
The podiatric physician will examine the area and may perform diagnostic X-rays to rule out bone problems.
Early treatment is key because it may stop symptoms from worsening.