02 Sep Experiencing Heel Pain?
You may experience heel pain when you place weight on the affected heel. It may begin as mild pain and become intense over time. There are several factors that can cause heel pain. You need to seek the help of a foot doctor or podiatrist to diagnose the condition or injury and devise a treatment plan, before the pain worsens.
There are two main causes of heel pain.
Plantar fascia is a bowstring-like tissue band under the sole of the foot, connecting the heel bone to the tip of the toes. It acts as a shock absorber for the foot. Inflammation of this band causes heel pain. The pain may initially be mild, and is often the sharpest, with your first steps in the morning. Heel pain can quickly become chronic but plantar fasciitis is treatable.
Heel spurs or calcium deposits form under the heel bone. Over time, the body may form tissues around the heel spur to cushion the area. This extra tissue can press on the surrounding ligaments, muscle and nerves, causing pain. The pain can be intermittent or chronic. It can be especially severe during walking or running. Heel spurs are often associated with plantar fasciitis. They can be diagnosed using X-rays.
Heel pain can be debilitating but you can prevent heel pain by –
- maintaining a healthy weight
- wearing good-quality shoes or appropriate shoes for walking, running etc.
- not increasing your mileage too quickly, if you are runner
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