Possible Causes of Heel Pain

Heel pain can stem from various factors, including plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, heel bursitis, Haglund’s deformity, heel spurs, or even stress fractures. Symptoms often manifest as sharp or dull pain, particularly when walking or standing, localized around the heel or bottom of the foot. Risk factors include obesity, wearing improper footwear, and overuse during activities like running, and age. Prevention strategies involve wearing supportive shoes, maintaining a healthy weight, stretching the calf and foot muscles regularly, and avoiding sudden increases in physical activity. Treatment may include rest, stretching exercises, custom orthotic inserts, or in severe cases, surgery. A podiatrist can offer a tailored treatment plan by diagnosing the underlying cause of heel pain and providing targeted interventions. If you have heel pain, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for relief options.

Many people suffer from bouts of heel pain. For more information, contact Alex Kim, DPM of AVID Foot & Ankle Center. Our doctor 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 office located in Little Elm, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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