4 Common Causes of Heel Pain

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While heel pain can be caused by conditions that take some time to develop such as arthritis or calluses, it can also appear suddenly as with conditions like plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis. Getting the proper diagnosis and treatment from your foot care professional is the best way to get you back up on your feet.

 4 common causes of heel pain include the following:

  1.  Fractured heel bone—Experiencing a hard landing on your heel playing sports like basketball and tennis is a common occurrence, and in some instances the force will be great enough to cause the heel bone to fracture. A sudden heel fracture is particularly debilitating and painful, but repetitive stress can also cause a hairline fracture in the heel that occurs more gradually and can be difficult to diagnose.

  2. Gout— A gout attack will commonly affect the big toe or ankle joint, but it can also affect the heel causing severe swelling and redness. Gout is caused when excess uric acid becomes crystallized in the joints. Excessive alcohol consumption and eating foods high in purines like seafood and fatty meats can increase uric acid and should be avoided. 

  3. Fissures and calluses—Thick and brittle calluses can form on the heel where they can develop into painful heel fissures. With severe cracking and bleeding that may contribute to infections, these are best treated by your foot doctor. 

  4. Plantar fasciitisThis condition is actually the result of injury to the wide band of tissue that spans the bottom of the foot and forms the arch. The connection to the back of the heel is often the site of severe pain. 

Minor heel pain can be treated at home with rest, icing, and elevation, but for heel pain that persists or worsens, laser therapy or surgery may be required.

 If you are experiencing severe heel pain, see your foot doctor for the proper diagnosis and treatment. 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 including heel pain, ankle sprains, toe deformities, fungal toenails, and plantar warts. Call 740-633-4188 or make an appointment online today.