Heel pain is a common occurrence. This is because it is usually caused by abuse when walking, running or any foot activity. But the causes of heel pain are not only associated with use. It can also be caused by an underlying foot injury or condition.
Heel pain is often shrugged-off as part of our daily lives. But when pain persists or increases in intensity, then this could be a sign of a serious foot injury. If this is allowed and the underlying cause is not immediately identified, the injury could have a debilitating effect and aggravate the foot condition.
A visit to a podiatrist can help identify if your heel pain is caused by an underlying foot condition. Dr. Charles Sulesky is a podiatrist who specializes in helping people suffering from foot injuries and disorders.
Knowing the different foot condition that may cause heel pain gives us a better understanding on how to properly manage the condition. It helps us stop heel pain on its tracks or stop the foot injury from developing even further.
Plantar fasciitis. This condition is considered as the most common cause of heel pain. It occurs when the tight tissue at the arch of your foot becomes irritated and inflamed. The heel pain brought about by plantar fasciitis is characterized by pain during prolonged walk and standing for long periods of time.
Heel Spur. Many people confuse heel spur with plantar fasciitis. However, these two foot conditions are quite different. A heel spur is usually seen on people who have long standing heel pain brought about by plantar fasciitis. Simply put, people with plantar fasciitis may or may not have heel spur. But people who have heel spur, certainly suffer from plantar fasciitis.
Tarsal tunnel syndrome. This syndrome involves a large nerve located at the back of your foot. The nerve can be pinched or entrapped, causing heel pain.
Stress fractures. Stress fractures rarely cause heel pain. However, this is commonly seen in athletes such as long distance runners. These stress fractures directly affect the calcaneus. Individuals diagnosed with stress fractures must not return to his/her activities first and concentrate on healing to prevent further injury.
Posterior heel pain. This pain is located behind your foot and not beneath it. Heel pain can be caused by retrocalcaneal bursitis and Achilles tendonitis.