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Common Sources of Heel Pain

Heel pain, which can cause severe discomfort, usually comes from one of two sources. The first type of heel pain is usually a result of overuse. This soreness results from too much impact on the foot, which can be caused by wearing shoes with too low of a heel, wearing down of the fat pad on the heel, or from a sudden increase in activity. The other source of heel pain is usually plantar fasciitis. This is typically caused by a biomechanical issue like flat feet, and occurs when the plantar fascia, the tissue connecting the heel to the toes, becomes inflamed. The first step to dealing with heel pain is providing a cushioning for the heel, such as an orthotic, to help absorb the shock from your movements. Persistent heel pain should be checked by a podiatrist, who may recommend other treatment options, such as anti-inflammatory medications or cortisone shots.

Many people suffer from bouts of heel pain. For more information, contact one of our podiatrists of New England Foot and Ankle. Our doctors 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 one of our offices located in Chelmsford and Newburyport, MA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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