Is heel pain keeping you from your normal routine? Here’s what could be going on.

Our Houston podiatrists Dr. Mark Moss & Dr. Hina Hassan see a ton of different foot and ankle problems each and everyday; however, one of the most common complaints is heel pain. Are you dealing with heel pain? If you said “yes” it’s natural to wonder why this is happening to you.

Here’s what could be going on:

Plantar fasciitis

This is the most common cause of heel pain, particularly in runners, those with flat feet and people who are on their feet most of the day for work. Repeated stress placed on the plantar fascia, a thick ligament that runs along the soles of the feet, results in heel pain that can also radiate to the arches of the feet (this is because the plantar fascia are also responsible for supporting the arches).

Signs of plantar fasciitis include:

  • Heel pain that is worse in the morning
  • A stabbing pain under the foot
  • Pain that gets worse when climbing steps
  • Stiffness in and around the heel

Achilles tendonitis

If you are experiencing pain behind the heel right above the heel bone this is most likely due to Achilles tendinitis. This is another overuse injury that results in inflammation of the Achilles tendon. Along with pain behind the heel you may also experience pain on the inner or outer part of the heel, as well as cramping calf muscles. Achilles tendonitis symptoms usually start out minor but will progress if left untreated.

Heel bursitis

If you wear shoes that are too tight or if you participate in any activities in which you may strike the ground with your heel then you may end up with heel bursitis, a condition that causes inflammation at the back of the heel where the bursa are located, fluid-filled sacs that are designed to cushion and protect joints throughout the body.

You might have heel bursitis if:

  • You notice swelling behind the Achilles tendon
  • There is pain or tenderness behind the heel that develops gradually
  • There is pain in the calf muscles
  • Your heel is red or warm to the touch
  • Mobility has been affected
  • There is pain when putting pressure or weight on the heels

Since 2003, Coastal Foot & Ankle Associates has been providing trustworthy and reliable podiatry services in Pearland or Houston, TX, and the surrounding areas. If heel pain is happening to you find out what’s going on. Call our office in Houston, TX, at (281) 484-2400 and our Pearland office at (281) 485-2988 and schedule an evaluation today.

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