Heel Pain Causes and Treatment

What is Heel Pain?

 Heel pain is typically concentrated on the underside or the reverse side of your heel. 

Plantar Fasciitis is a common cause and is typically located on the underside of your heel. If you are experiencing pain that is located on the back of your heel it might be Achilles Tendinitis – this is where tendon of the Achilles attaches to the heel bone.

Common Causes of Heel Pain:

  • Osteomyelitis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • stress fractures
  • Gout
  • Fracture
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Bursitis 
  • Bone tumor
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Achilles tendon rupture
  • Stress fracture

How do you treat heel pain

Frequently, heel pain will diminish and eventually disappear on its own with effective home care. For heel pain that isn’t really severe, take a look at some of the following treatment suggestions:

Treating Heel Pain:

  • New shoes: make sure that your current shoes fit well and also are providing effective support for your feet. If they are not, take a look at purchasing some quality new shoes that provide balanced support.
  • Ice: try placing a Ziploc bag filled with ice cubes on your heel for anywhere between 15 and 20 minutes, three times a day. Or try icey hot
  • Rest: try to avoid trigger activities, for instance long periods of standing, walking on concrete or other hard services, and running. Anything that causes the pain and places a lot of stress on your joints.
  • Foot supports: try purchasing some heel cups or wedges. They are available online and you can read reviews to figure out which one is the best one for you. Orthotics that are custom-made typically aren’t required for heel pain problems.
  • Over-the-counter pain medications: Ibuprofen or aspirin can be effective, but temporary, medications to use to reduce pain and inflammation.

Consult with a physician immediately if:

  • You have severe swelling and pain around your heel area
  • Heel pain is attended by a fever and numbness or tingling in the heel area

Schedule an office visit with your physician if:

  • Your heel pain persists even when you’re not walking or standing
  • Your heel pain persists for more than several weeks despite having tried resting and icing the area

Summary

We are ambulatory, which is to say mobile, creatures. Many of us are constantly on the move putting enormous stress on our feet and heels. Perhaps you were one of those people- somebody that wears dress shoes on their way to work, constantly pounding your feet on hard pavement. All of the stress builds up over time, and in some cases boils over. As we outlined above, typically heel pain will resolve itself with enough rest.

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