3 Common Causes of Heel Pain


Heel pain is one of the most common conditions treated by foot doctors. There are many different possible causes of heel pain: some can be caused by something as simple as rubbing from tight fitting shoes or it may be a sign of a more serious problem.

In fact, since heel pain can make you change the way you walk, you can experience problems that will radiate pain and discomfort up your legs to your knees, back, and hips. For heel pain lasting for more than a few days, be sure to see your foot care professional to help prevent further complications.

3 common conditions that cause heel pain include the following:

Plantar fasciitis—The plantar fascia is the wide band of tissue that forms the bottom of your arch. When it becomes inflamed, excessively stretched, or stressed, the result can be severe discomfort in the arch and especially in the heel where the plantar fascia attaches to the bone. This condition often starts out with pain in the heel first thing in the morning that subsides as the day progresses.

Tarsal tunnel syndrome—A major nerve that lies behind your heel bone can become injured or diseased causing a painful burning and tingling sensation.

Achilles tendonitis—The large tendon that connects your calf muscle to your heel bone is called the Achilles tendon. Pain and swelling in this tendon from overuse can become debilitating if not properly rested and treated by your foot doctor.

Since the actual cause of heel pain can be difficult to diagnose, see your foot doctor for the correct diagnosis and treatment. At E.J. Nemet, DPM in Twinsburg, OH, Dr. Nemet treats a variety of foot and ankle conditions, including sports injuries, pediatric foot problems, diabetic foot complications, nerve disorders, and toenail and skin conditions. With his expertise and experience, Dr. Nemet provides compassionate podiatric care to patients in the Twinsburg and Beachwood areas. Contact us at (234) 212-9940 or schedule an appointment online today!