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Common Causes of Heel Pain and Possible Relief Tactics

Heel pain is a frequent complaint that can significantly impact daily activities. One common cause is plantar fasciitis, which involves inflammation of the tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot, connecting the heel to the toes. Another cause is Achilles tendonitis, where the tendon connecting the calf muscles to the heel becomes irritated, often due to overuse or improper footwear. Heel spurs, which are bony growths on the heel bone, can also lead to pain and discomfort, especially during walking or standing for long periods. Conditions such as bursitis, arthritis, and nerve compression can contribute to heel pain as well. Addressing heel pain typically involves rest, wearing supportive footwear and possibly using orthotic shoe inserts. Stretching exercises can also provide relief. If you have heel pain, it is strongly suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can determine the cause and offer appropriate treatment solutions. 

Many people suffer from bouts of heel pain. For more information, contact the foot specialists of Podiatry Associates of Belleville. 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 Belleville, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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