Heel Pain May Be a Symptom of Plantar Fasciitis

Heel pain is a common foot condition that is felt by many patients. People experience plantar fasciitis at some point in their lives, which can cause severe pain and discomfort. It can happen when the plantar fascia becomes inflamed, which is the band of tissue that is found on the sole of the foot. It connects the heel to the toes and can become irritated or torn for various reasons. These can include standing on hard surfaces for most of the day, or wearing shoes that do not have adequate heel support. Additionally, people who frequently run may have heel pain that may be a symptom of plantar fasciitis. Mild relief may come from performing specific calf stretches that can ease heel pain. Elevating the feet may bring temporary relief, and it is suggested to refrain from running and walking long distances. Plantar fasciitis is a foot condition that is treated by a podiatrist. If you suffer from heel pain, it is suggested that you contact this type of physician who can determine what the cause is, and offer effective treatment remedies.

Many people suffer from bouts of heel pain. For more information, contact one of our podiatrists of Foot and Ankle Clinics, PA. 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 offices located in Woodbury, West St. Paul, and Edina, MN . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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