Common Causes of Heel Pain


Exercising to keep us healthy is a very good use of time but it can also cause us pain. Pain that occurs after an injury or early on in an illness can warn us about the damage our body has suffered. Pain can occur anywhere in the body. A common place for it to occur due to exercise is our heels. There are many reasons that you could be suffering from heel pain. Here are some of the most common instances:

Heel Spurs - heel spurs are a very common source of heel pain. A heel sour is a bony growth in the underside of the heel bone. The spur can extend forward as much as a half an inch. These spurs are usually detected by the use of an x-ray machine. Heel spurs are due to the strain of the muscles and ligaments of the foot. It is caused by stretching the long band of tissue that connects the heel and the hall of the foot. Commonly, this condition is due to a biomechanical imbalance, running, jogging, poorly fitting footwear, excessively worn shoes or obesity.

Plantar Fasciitis - heel pain and spurs are often accompanied by the inflammation of the plantar arch. The plantar arch is the fibrous connective tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot from the heel all the way to the ball of the foot. The inflammation itself is coined plantar fasciitis. This injury is extremely common among athletes who jump and run a lot.

Excessive Pronation - heel pain sometimes occurs due to excessive pronation. Pronation is the normal flexible motion and flattening of the arch of the foot that allows it to absorb shock and adapt to different surfaces. As you walk, the heel contacts the ground first. Weight then shifts to the outside of the foot and then moves on to the big toe. The arch causes the foot to rise and roll upward and outward. It becomes rigid and stable to land and to bear weight. Excessive pronation or inward movement can create an extra stretching and pulling of the ligaments and tendons. This can cause pain in the heel, hip, knee or lower back.

Heel pain can be debilitating and make it hard to live a healthy and active lifestyle. If you are experiencing foot pain, it is important to see a podiatrist as soon as possible. Call Achilles Foot and Ankle Surgery, PC located in Martins Ferry, Ohio and St. Clairsville, Ohio, as well as Wheeling West Virginia. There Dr. Bruce G. Blank can help determine what is causing your heel pain. Call 740-633-4188 or make an appointment online today.