What’s Causing Your Heel Pain?
Heel pain is an exceedingly common issue, particularly among runners and athletes. While systemic illnesses such as arthritis can sometimes be to blame for heel pain, more often than not our Wesley Chapel, FL, podiatrists Drs. George and Kathy Tjamaloukas can pinpoint a localized injury or condition that is causing the cause. Some of the most common causes of heel pain include:
This is the most common cause of heel pain, and it results from microtears in the fibers of the plantar fascia, a thick ligament that stretches from the toes to the heel bone. Plantar fasciitis can occur in anyone but it’s more common in,
- Athletes who play high-impact sports
- People with diabetes
- People who have to stand for long periods of time throughout the day
- Pregnant women
The classic sign of plantar fasciitis is pain that occurs at the bottom of the heel. This pain may also radiate to the arches, as the plantar fascia is responsible for arch support. Along with pain, you may notice stiffness, as well. These symptoms are often worse in the morning or after extended periods of rest.
A term referring to inflammation of the Achilles tendon, this condition is caused by overstressing the feet. Although Achilles tendonitis will also cause heel pain and stiffness, the pain won’t originate at the bottom of the heel, but above the heel bone instead. You may notice that that pain gets worse with activity, and swelling around the heel bone may also be present.
A heel spur is a calcium deposit that results in the development of a hard protrusion around heel bone. Some people who have plantar fasciitis may also deal with a heel spur. Like plantar fasciitis, the pain may be sharp and painful in the morning or after rest. You may notice a dull, persistent ache throughout the day, as well as inflammation and swelling. Sometimes you may even see a bony bump sticking out from the bottom of the heel.
Need relief? Give our Wesley Chapel office a call!
If heel pain is making it difficult to get around, it’s important that you get the care you need. Call Comprehensive Foot and Ankle Center in Wesley Chapel, FL, today at(586) 771-1460 to schedule an evaluation for your heel pain!