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Sources of Heel Pain

People who have heel pain may notice it is worse after awakening in the morning. A common reason people have heel pain can come from a condition that is called plantar fasciitis. It happens when the plantar fascia, which connects the heel to the toes on the sole of the foot, becomes inflamed or irritated. A heel spur can also be a source of heel pain, and is defined as a bony growth that develops on the underside of the heel. Both conditions can be caused by wearing shoes that do not fit correctly, or if weight has gradually been gained. There are specific stretches that may help to relieve heel pain. A calf stretch can be effective in accomplishing this and is done by standing on a step and lowering one heel until a gentle stretch is felt. This can be done on both feet, repeated several times. If you have heel pain, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can provide you with treatment options that are best for you.

Many people suffer from bouts of heel pain. For more information, contact one of our podiatrists of Palmetto Podiatry Group of Anderson. Our doctors 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 our office located in Anderson, SC . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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