Why Does My Heel Hurt?


If you notice calf pain, ankle pain or severe pain in the back of your heel especially after resting — it may be an indication of Achilles tendonitis. The largest tendon in your body is the Achilles tendon connecting your calf muscle to the back of your heel and allowing you to walk.

So this is a very important tendon that takes a lot of abuse from regular use. The Achilles tendon can become damaged or torn whenever excessive repetitive pressure is involved from work or athletic activity.

What else causes and contributes to Achilles tendonitis?

Before exercising, always warm up your calves and do stretching exercises to limber up your feet and legs. You can help prevent Achilles tendon problems by avoiding the following:

1)    Rapidly starting an exercise program—Starting a workout program too aggressively after years of inactivity is an excellent way to rupture your Achilles tendon, so take it easy when you first start out.

2)    Too much repetitive motion—Participating in sports like tennis and football and doing stressful workouts every day can really stress the tendons and cause them to stretch or even break. You’ll hear a loud popping sound and feel lots of pain.

3)    Shoes that don’t fit properly—Be certain that your footwear has proper heel and arch support. These are essential to maintaining the best foot health. Athletic shoes should be chosen for each activity and contain an adequate amount of cushioning and support.

Make sure your shoes and sneakers have the proper arch support and get a computerized gait analysis done by your foot doctor to properly treat any pronation tendencies. Call Achilles Foot and Ankle Surgery, PC located in Martins Ferry, Ohio and St. Clairsville, Ohio, as well as Wheeling West Virginia. With access to advanced technologies, Dr. Bruce G. Blank and his staff can help you manage all of your foot and ankle conditions. Call 740-633-4188 or make an appointment online today.