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Heel Pain 101

The heel is designed to absorb the impact of body weight, and when pain develops, it can be disabling and affect other aspects of the body and life. Heel pain is usually the result of small repetitive injuries that are unable to heal, which then form into a bigger mechanical issue. These issues can include plantar fasciitis, heel bumps, tarsal tunnel syndrome, a fracture, Achilles tendonitis or heel spurs. Some self-care options for heel pain include wearing comfortable shoes, wearing shoes with good cushioning, minimizing walking on hard surfaces, or losing weight. If heel pain lasts longer than a few weeks, it is important to consult with a podiatrist in case the injury is more severe. A podiatrist will be able to properly diagnose and treat the source of the heel pain.

Many people suffer from bouts of heel pain. For more information, contact Brent Harwood, DPM of Southeast Podiatry. 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 Fairhope, Brewton, and Atmore, AL and Jay, FL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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