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Heel Pain Treatment & Relief at FootSmart

If you suffer from heel pain, you're not alone. While numerous factors and conditions can lead to foot pain, the most common is heel pain.

Heel pain is indeed a serious condition sufferers cannot afford to ignore. Just stepping down on the foot, especially first thing in the morning, can cause immediate shooting heel pain. And pressing harder on a sore heel, the way some do with a foot that’s fallen asleep, only makes your heel pain worse.

Causes of Heel Pain:

Heel pain can flare up when the plantar fascia ligament that stretches from the heel to the ball of the foot which also supports the arch becomes inflamed. Calcium deposits may eventually form on the heel bone, resulting in mild to serious heel pain when applying pressure on the foot.

Heel spurs and heel pain typically occur in people with flat feet. As the arch starts to collapse, the band of ligament and the muscle in the bottom of the foot absorbs the impact of pressure from standing or walking. Eventually, it stretches beyond its limits, leading to possible muscle tears and bone spurs. To avoid heel pain, people with flat feet should make a special effort to wear support shoes with arch support.

Other causes of heel pain include:

  • High arches that pull on the muscles.
  • Tight calves muscles caused from poor or little stretching.
  • Muscle tension that pulls away a piece of the bone.

Heel Pain Symptoms:

Your heel pain is the result of foot muscles tightening up overnight. The tightened muscles accentuate the pull on the heel bone spur and ligaments, or plantar fascia, making your first steps painful. You know you have heel pain if getting out of bed in the morning and stepping down makes you want to yell out. In fact, the medical term for heel pain, post-static dyskinesia, means "pain after rest."

You may also notice symptoms of heel pain when:

  • Plunging into exercise without warming up first.
  • Moving after any inactivity, such as sitting in a car or at a desk. The initial movement will result in sharp, shooting heel pain, giving you a sore or painful heel.

Heel Pain Relief and Prevention:

Taking the pressure off the foot goes a long way in helping relieve heel pain.

Other heel pain treatment techniques include:

  • Wearing proper footwear for both everyday and sporting activities.
  • Using insoles that support the arch and reduce tension on the ligament.
  • Making use of a heel pad, heel cushion or slight heel lift to relieve pressure and reduce inflammation of the plantar at its attachment to the heel bone.
  • Correcting leg length discrepancy via an adjustable heel lift.
  • Using a heel cup to add extra shock absorption to shoes, thus reducing pressure on heels.
  • Giving the afflicted area an ice massage to reduce inflammation and relieve tension.
  • Stretching calf muscles to reduce tightness.
  • Maintaining length of the tight calf muscle with the use of a night splint.

In severe and chronic cases, heel spurs may require surgical correction. If heel pain is chronic and persists, see a podiatrist for specific heel pain treatment.

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Information on foot, leg and lower body health conditions provided by The Podiatry Institute, dedicated to advancing the standard of care in podiatric medicine and its effects on muscoskeletal health.

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