Heel Pain

What is Heel Pain?

Heel pain is a common foot condition characterized by discomfort or pain in the heel area of the foot, which can range from mild to severe. This pain can be caused by various factors, including plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis, heel spurs, bursitis, or other structural or biomechanical issues. It often affects individuals who are on their feet a lot, wear inadequate footwear, or have specific foot shapes or biomechanical problems that increase stress on the heel. The pain is typically most acute with the first steps in the morning or after prolonged periods of rest, and it may improve with mild activity as the foot warms up.

What are signs & symptoms of Heel Pain?

  • Sharp pain in the heel or along the bottom of the foot
  • Swelling
  • Warmth
  • Tenderness in the heel area

Heel Pain FAQ

There are many different causes of heel pain, including strains or sprains, tarsal tunnel syndrome, stress fractures, Achilles tendonitis, and heel bursitis. One of the most common causes of heel pain for children and teenagers specifically is Sever’s disease. Sever’s disease can develop due to overuse or repetitive microtrauma of the heel bone’s growth plates. This condition is often seen among those who are active in sporting activities.

Other causes of heel pain may include issues with poor circulation, poor posture when walking or running, a soft tissue mass, and a rupture of the Achilles tendon. To help ease the discomfort of heel pain, it’s advised that you get plenty of rest, apply ice to the affected area, and wear shoes that fit properly. In some more serious cases, a podiatrist might recommend the use of custom orthotics or shoe inserts for extra support.

Treatment can range from conservative options like rest, ice, anti-inflammatory medications, stretching exercises, and orthotic devices to more advanced treatments such as physical therapy, shockwave therapy, or, in rare cases, surgery.

Preventive measures include wearing supportive and properly fitting shoes, gradually increasing physical activity levels, maintaining a healthy weight, and performing foot and ankle exercises to strengthen the area.

Yes, children, especially those active in sports, can experience heel pain, commonly due to Sever’s disease, a condition related to growth plate inflammation in the heel.

The healing time for heel pain varies depending on the cause and the treatment approach, ranging from a few weeks to several months.

Yes, wearing shoes that lack proper support or cushioning can contribute to the development of heel pain by putting additional stress on the foot.

For a proper diagnosis and recommended treatment plan, we suggest you consult with a podiatrist for professional help and care.