Heel Pain

What is it?

Heel pain is pain in the heel area that can vary in severity and location. It is most common in adults.

The heel is the first bone to contact the ground when walking and takes the full force of impact and the resulting shock of bearing weight during motion.

Do I have it?

The primary symptom is pain in the heel area that varies in severity and location. The pain is commonly intense when getting out of bed or a chair. The pain often lessens when walking.

What causes it?

The most common cause of heel pain is plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is a stretching of the plantar fascia, a ligament that runs from the ball of foot through the arch and is attached to the heel. It is that attachment which becomes aggravated and typically causes pain after being on your feet for lengths of time. Abnormal motion of the foot (pronation) is one cause of plantar fasciitis.

Heel spurs, which are abnormal bone growths coming off the heel, can also cause heel pain. Other causes include repetitive stress or shock to the heel, standing for prolonged periods or osteoarthritis.

How can I help prevent it?

  • Wear properly fitting shoes
  • Place insoles or inserts in your shoes to help control abnormal foot motion
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Exercise and do foot stretches as they have been shown to decrease the incidence of heel pain
Not medical advice, see a doctor if problems persist.

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