3 Most Common Causes of Heel Pain
“Oh, my aching feet!” is a common complaint from people who spend a good deal of time on their feet. While ingrown toenails, hammertoes, and bunions are sometimes the culprit, often it is heel pain that really gets people's attention. Here are 3 of the most common causes of heel pain.
- Probably the most common reason for heel pain is plantar fasciitis. This is an irritation or inflammation of the ligament at the heel bone. Pain is most often felt in the morning or when standing after sitting for long periods of time, and the pain may subside only to return later as the ligaments, which contracted during the night, stretch during the day. Treatment options include physical therapy, stretching, and splints, with surgery for more serious cases.
- Related to plantar fasciitis, heel spurs are also a common cause of heel pain. A hook of bone develops on the heel bone, or calcaneous, causing pain, and most cases of plantar fasciitis have an associated heel spur. Treatment options are the same as above, with rest, ice, and shoe inserts being viable options for both diagnoses.
- Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome is another common cause of heel pain. This disease is very similar to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, only the compressed nerve is near the heel. The pain is often sharp or burning, and treatment options, like the other two common heel aliments, are stretching, physical therapy, splints, and surgery for more serious cases.
Having foot pain, especially heel pain, can be very frustrating. The pain can keep you from doing your job, exercising, and playing with your kids or grandkids. Proper and prompt treatment is essential to correcting your heel pain so you can get back to enjoying life.
Here at Family Foot Center, we are dedicated to helping you with your foot pain. We offer a variety of treatments for many different foot problems, including heel pain, ingrown toenails, plantar wards, hammertoes, and bunions. Contact us today to for your appointment and get back on your feet again.