Common Causes of Heel Pain

By Max. D Gray. Updated: January 16, 2017
Common Causes of Heel Pain

Heel pain is a common symptom that be a sign of many different conditions. Usually we feel acute pain or an ache that comes as a result of a strain or injury. The pain is usually caused by any physical exercise which puts the heel under pressure, certain muscles being very stiff or unsuitable footwear. In case this happens to you, at OneHowTo we explain what are the common causes of heel pain.

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Bursitis is caused by wearing very worn footwear rubbing against the back of your heel or structural problems in your feet that lead to an abnormal way of walking. It causes inflammation of the fluid sac within the joints that enables the muscles and tendons to move the join. The pain affects the back or underside of the heel.

Plantar fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis often occurs from wearing old or worn shoes, something that should not be easily dismissed and also in people with diabetes, those who are obese, pregnant women and people who do aerobics. Those most at risk are people who do intense physical training and people with flat feet. 'Fasciitis' is the inflammation of the fascia, a fibrous band in the foot that helps support the arch. Wear and tear as well as pressure on the fascia eventually causes the fascia and bone to join together. You can see here some tips on how to recover from plantar fasciitis.

Common Causes of Heel Pain - Plantar fasciitis

Heel spurs

Heel spurs are very common in obese people and runners, and is made worse by wearing old shoes. A heel spur is an abnormal bone growth in the area where the plantar fascia attaches to the heel. It is usually not the cause of heel pain, but it is the cause of plantar fasciitis. If you have a heel spur, we recommend reading how to get rid of a heel spur and the best exercises to reduce a heel spur.

Heel contusions

These are injuries that occur when walking and stepping barefoot onto an object that is blunt or pointed. It is also known as a stone bruise.

Sever's disease

Very often, heel pain in children between the ages of 8 and 14 coincides with stages in their bone growth. Children who do sport are more likely to suffer from it. Sever's disease is the rubbing of the middle part of the heel bone as a result of new shoes or exercise. The pain affects the back of the heel.

Achilles tendonitis

This is when the Achilles tendon becomes inflamed and can be caused by too much exercise involving jumping. It can be linked to wearing wedge shoes or can be a symptom of other inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, gout, etc.

Common Causes of Heel Pain - Achilles tendonitis

Trapped nerve

This is the compression of a small nerve in the plantar area which can cause pain, tingling or numbness in the heel. This crushing of the nerve is usually caused by a fracture, sprain or varicose vein near the heel.

Other causes

Other causes of heel pain include prolonged pressure on the heel, open wounds, calluses and foot deformities. In any case, it is important to be sure what is causing the pain in order to choose the right treatment, so please consult your podiatrist or specialist.

This article is merely informative, oneHOWTO does not have the authority to prescribe any medical treatments or create a diagnosis. We invite you to visit your doctor if you have any type of condition or pain.

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