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Heel Pain

One of the most common symptoms of foot problems is heel pain with every step. As the average person takes 8,000 steps a day, this discomfort can be quite a detriment to the quality of life.

If you have heel pain, watch this short video, then call our office for an appointment.

Common Causes:

If you are experiencing pain, swelling, or tenderness in your heel, there may be a number of reasons. Overuse is the most common cause. Running too often, running on concrete surfaces, and running with shoes that don’t offer adequate support are all issues.

Rough landing or pounding of the heel will cause pain, as will as awkwardly turning it inward or outward. The origin of your pain may not be directly related to the heel at all. The presence of a tight calf muscle may be affecting your heel or Achilles tendon.

Conditions and Side Effects

If the pain is focused on the bottom of your heel it is mostly likely caused by plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis causes the thick band of tissue on the bottom of your foot to swell and become uncomfortable.

Achilles tendonitis affects the back of your heel. This condition will cause inflammation of the tendon that connects your heel to your calf muscle.

Bursitis is a painful condition that affects the cushion-like fluid filled pads surrounding the tendons and muscles near your heel. The bursae become inflamed after performing a frequent and repetitive motion.

Heel Spurs are projections of bone fragments that begin on the front of your heel bone and point toward the arch of your foot. They’re typically associated with plantar fasciitis. They don’t always cause pain and may only be detected through X-ray.

Relieving Heel Pain

Rest is vital to easing pain. If putting your feet up isn’t enough, taking over-the-counter medication such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen will help to reduce discomfort. If you’re experiencing swelling, apply ice. Keep it on the affected area twice a day for at least 15 minutes, until the swelling subsides.

Look into proper footwear. Your shoes should be comfortable and fitted to your unique foot type. You may need to acquire new shoes or custom orthotics which can be prescribed by Dr. Timson.

If you’re experiencing unbearable pain, following these guidelines may not be enough. Contact your doctor if the pain is getting worse. Depending on your condition, Dr. Timson may treat your pain by strapping or taping your feet, injections, stretching exercises and therapy, personal trainer referrals, or custom orthotics.

The first step in preventing heel pain is to warm-up and stretch before exercise. Maintaining flexible and strong muscles is key. At Community Foot Clinic of McPherson we understand the difficulty of heel pain. Call 620-241-3313.