What Causes Heel Pain?

When patients spend each day dealing with heel pain, it can quickly decrease their quality of life. The first step in receiving treatment for this issue is to get a proper diagnosis. At Great Neck Family Foot Care, we’ll work diligently to help patients dealing with heel pain. Dr. Hochstein, our expert podiatrist, would like to let you know about the common causes of heel pain, so you know how to move forward with treatment.

Achilles Tendonitis

One common issue causing heel pain is Achilles tendonitis. This condition takes place when your Achilles tendon becomes irritated and inflamed. Fortunately, managing and preventing this condition is relatively simple. If you begin to experience pain as a result of Achilles tendonitis, we recommend the below:

  • Choosing shoes that offer adequate foot support.
  • Stretch out your calf muscles daily.
  • Consider cross-training so you can stay in shape without overusing your legs.
  • Make sure to rest when symptoms begin to present themselves.

Plantar Fasciitis

Another issue that could be causing your heel pain is known as plantar fasciitis. Your plantar fascia is a fibrous band of tissue that connects your heel bone to your toes. The most common symptom is experiencing stabbing pain after moving around or exercising. Some of the most effective treatment methods include:

  • Rest.
  • Anti-inflammatory medication.
  • Custom shoe orthotics.
  • Steroid injections.
  • In extreme cases, surgery.

Bursitis

Bursae are small, fluid-filled sacs that are found throughout your body. They work to cushion the bones, tendons, and muscles near your joints. However, when they become overused and inflamed, they can lead to pain. You have a bursa near both of your heels, and they could be what is causing your heel pain. 

Additional Causes

When it comes to heel pain, there are no shortages of conditions that can cause it. At Great Neck Family Foot Care, our team is well versed in this area and can provide the diagnoses and treatment needed to make a full recovery. Should you find yourself dealing with any of the additional causes, we’ll be there to help:

  • Heel spurs.
  • Reactive arthritis.
  • Stress fractures.
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome.
  • Peripheral neuropathy.

Contact Us

Don’t let heel pain get in the way of your everyday life any longer. By working with Dr. Hochstein and the rest of our team at Great Neck Family Foot Care, you’ll significantly improve the chances of making a full recovery. To schedule your first appointment, be sure to contact our team today.