Why Does My Heel Hurt?
Heel pain is a common foot condition, and there are various reasons why it can happen. The largest tendon in the body is called the Achilles tendon, and it attaches to the heel. An injury can cause this tendon to become torn or irritated, and heel pain may ensue. Many people suffer from plantar fasciitis, which is caused by an inflamed plantar fascia. This is the band of tissue that connects the heel to the toes, and the pain is often felt in the heel. The condition that is known as neuropathy can cause the inability to feel sensations in the foot, including the heel. Waking can be difficult, and patients may need to use a cane or walker to maintain balance. A stone bruise is a heel disorder that can happen to people who jump from heights and lands on their feet. This condition may affect the heel pad, which acts as a shock absorber and may possibly become damaged. If you have heel pain, it is strongly suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can determine what the reason is and offer treatment options that are correct for you.
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.
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