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Heel Pain Causes

Tuesday, 15 August 2023 00:00

Heel pain is a common ailment that can significantly impact daily activities and quality of life. Several factors contribute to heel pain, with the most prevalent cause being plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of the thick band of tissue running across the bottom of the foot. Other culprits include Achilles tendinitis, heel spurs, and bursitis. Lifestyle factors such as excessive weight, improper footwear, and repetitive overuse during physical activities can exacerbate the condition. Effective treatments for heel pain focus on reducing inflammation, managing pain, and promoting healing. Adequate rest and taking over-the-counter pain relievers may offer temporary relief. Stretching exercises and wearing orthotic inserts can provide significant relief. Early intervention and a comprehensive approach to treatment can help individuals regain their mobility and alleviate the discomfort associated with heel pain. If you have heel pain, it is strongly suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can properly diagnose the cause and offer effective treatment methods.

Many people suffer from bouts of heel pain. For more information, contact Massimo Pietrantoni, DPM of Rochester Podiatry, LLP. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Causes of Heel Pain

Heel pain is often associated with plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a band of tissues that extends along the bottom of the foot. A rip or tear in this ligament can cause inflammation of the tissue.

Achilles tendonitis is another cause of heel pain. Inflammation of the Achilles tendon will cause pain from fractures and muscle tearing. Lack of flexibility is also another symptom.

Heel spurs are another cause of pain. When the tissues of the plantar fascia undergo a great deal of stress, it can lead to ligament separation from the heel bone, causing heel spurs.

Why Might Heel Pain Occur?

  • Wearing ill-fitting shoes                  
  • Wearing non-supportive shoes
  • Weight change           
  • Excessive running


Heel pain should be treated as soon as possible for immediate results. Keeping your feet in a stress-free environment will help. If you suffer from Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis, applying ice will reduce the swelling. Stretching before an exercise like running will help the muscles. Using all these tips will help make heel pain a condition of the past.

If you have any questions please contact one of our offices located in Brighton and Greece of Rochester, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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