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Possible Causes of Heel Pain

Heel pain can stem from various conditions. Plantar fasciitis, the inflammation of the thick band of tissue running along the bottom of the foot, often causes stabbing pain near the heel. Bursitis, an inflammation of the fluid-filled sacs cushioning the heel, can result from repetitive stress. Heel spurs, bony growths on the underside of the heel bone, may develop due to long-term strain on foot muscles and ligaments. A pump bump, or Haglund's deformity, is a bony enlargement on the back of the heel caused by pressure from footwear. Achilles tendonitis is inflammation of the Achilles tendon, typically due to overuse or tight calf muscles. Diagnosing heel pain involves having a physical exam, reviewing medical history, and sometimes undergoing imaging tests, such as X-rays or MRI scans. Treatment options include rest, stretching exercises, orthotics, and anti-inflammatory medications. If you have persistent heel pain, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan.

Many people suffer from bouts of heel pain. For more information, contact our podiatrists of CNY Foot Surgery & Podiatry Care. 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 East Syracuse, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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