The Two Main Causes Of Heel Pain and How To Treat Them

Causes Of Heel Pain


There are two common causes of heel pain.  One is plantar fasciitis and the other is a heel spur.  Each cause creates tremendous foot pain, especially at the heel and if you are experiencing heel pain, it is time to see a podiatrist at the American Foot and Ankle Specialists, where we can fully examine your feet and put you on the path to recovery.  


Plantar Fasciitis occurs when the plantar fascia band suddenly restricts, tightens, become inflamed, and pain begins.  It normally starts after a sudden increase in activity and tight calf and foot muscles contribute to the constricting of the plantar fascia band.  People with flat feet or high-arched feet tend to develop plantar fasciitis at least once in their lifetime, especially if they are wearing shoes that don’t support their lifestyle. 

There are two ways that a person’s shoes can harm their feet causing foot pain and ultimately, lead to a plantar fasciitis foot condition.  Firstly, certain shoes are made for certain foot types.  It is entirely possible that if someone does not know this fact, they can pick a shoe at the store that supports an entirely different foot shape.  A person with flat feet can end up leaving the store with shoes that are for people with high-arched feet.  When a person wears the wrong shoes, it can easily lead to foot pain, tight muscles, and plantar fasciitis. 


The in soles of a shoe can also lead to foot pain and plantar fasciitis.  In soles are made into a generic shape with cheap material by many of the most popular shoe companies.  Such a generic shape doesn’t support foot types like those with flat feet or high-arched feet.  If you are wearing generic in soles, then this might be one of the causes of incessant foot pain.  The way to solve this problem though is quite easy.  


Treatment Of Heel Pain


Prescription orthotics made by a podiatrist at either our Sun City podiatry or Scottsdale podiatry offices will provide your feet tremendous support and quickly relieve some of the foot pain that you are experiencing on a daily basis.  Stretching and strengthening exercises are also important to heal plantar fasciitis as well as soft-tissue massage to loosen the plantar fascia band and break up any possible scar tissue.  


Heel spurs are bony projections that protrude from the heel bone, which is the largest bone in the foot.  They results in a painful jabbing or aching sensation and you may experience pain when standing up, pro-longed periods of sitting, or when you first arise in the morning.  


Many treatments that work for plantar fasciitis such as orthotics, stretching, and exercise help decrease the pain of heel spurs but if a heel spur, continues to bother a person after conservative treatment, surgery is sometimes recommended.   


The first step to treatment is understanding why you are having this problem.  Call (480) 483-9000 and we will help you figure out and treat this problem so you do not have to suffer foot pain anymore. 

American Foot & Ankle Specialists

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