Heel pain can be detrimental enough to impact someone's everyday life and routine, and it is one of the most common conditions that podiatrists treat. Issues such as obesity, poorly fitting shoes, running and jumping on hard surfaces, your walking style, and certain diseases can all lead to heel pain. Heel pain most commonly affects those who are middle-aged, physically active, overweight, pregnant, or those who stand for long periods of time. One common reason for heel pain is plantar fasciitis, which occurs when the ligament that runs along the bottom of the foot and connects the heel to the toes (known as the plantar fascia) becomes inflamed or partially torn. Heel spurs are another common source of heel pain. These occur when there is a bony growth at the bottom of the heel. There are a variety of other issues that can lead to heel pain, so if you are afflicted with heel pain, consulting with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and treatment method is highly recommended.
Many people suffer from bouts of heel pain. For more information, contact one of our podiatrists of Arbor - Ypsi Foot & Ankle Centers. 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?
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.
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At Arbor - Ypsi Foot & Ankle Centers in Ann Arbor, Michigan, we identify your unique foot and ankle needs and develop a highly effective and individualized treatment plan to resolve them. Our experts will work relentlessly to make you feel better and put your best foot forward.