What is Causing Your Heel Pain?
By Associated Foot & Ankle Centers of Northern Virginia
December 04, 2014
If you are experiencing heel pain you are not alone. Heel pain is a common issue for many people and can be due to main different factors of everyday life. It is highly imperative to correctly diagnosis the cause for the heel pain you are experiencing. Once properly identifies the symptoms can be addressed with the appropriate treatment.
If you are experiencing heel pain it could be due to these causes:
- Plantar Fasciitis - Out of all the cause for heel pain, plantar fasciitis is the most common. If you are experiencing heel pain from prolonged walking and standing then it is likely that you have plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is due to inflammation of the tight tissue that forms in the arch of the foot, which causes irritation.
- Heel Spur - A heel spur is a calcium deposit on the bottom of the heel bone. A heel spur can be visible with an X-ray and can be seen to extend forward by as much as a half-inch. If the spur is not visible on the X-ray, the condition is referred to as "heel spur syndrome"
- Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome - Tarsal tunnel syndrome is very similar to carpal tunnel syndrome and is caused by the entrapment of a large nerve in the back of the foot.
- Stress Fractures - Stress fractures of the heel bone, or calcaneus, are a more uncommon cause of heel pain. If athletes are experiencing heel pain it is important to consider stress fractures to be a cause, especially if the athlete is a long distance runner.
- Posterior Heel Pain - Posterior heel pain refers to symptoms behind the foot, rather than underneath. Achilles tendonitis and retrocalcaneal bursitis are the causes associated with posterior heel pain.
Plantar fasciitis is most commonly seen in long distance runners and accounts for a significant percentage of all running injuries. The running conditions that someone is exposed to can have an important effect. Running on hills or awkward terrain can lead to plantar fasciitis. However, this condition is not limited to runners or athletes.
The most common causes for plantar fasciitis are:
- Advanced or new activity/training
- Prolonged standing on hard surfaces
- Flat feet
- Tight calf muscles
- improper footwear
- increased weight
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