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Because there are so many potential reasons for pain in your heel, having it properly diagnosed by a podiatrist is the only way an effective treatment plan can be established.
The Most Common Causes of Heel Pain
Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the band of tissue (the plantar fascia) that extends from the heel to the toes.
Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis
Causes of Plantar Fasciitis
The most common cause of plantar fasciitis is a faulty structure of the foot, such as having overly flat feet or high-arched feet. It may also be caused by overuse, such as wearing non-supportive footwear and playing on hard, flat surfaces for prolonged periods, which places unusual stress on the plantar fascia. Obesity may also contribute to plantar fasciitis.
Treatment of Plantar Fasciitis
Heel pain is also frequently caused by damage to the achilles tendon. Read about Achilles tendonitis.
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Pediatric Heel Pain
When a child has heel pain, it's a warning sign of a foot condition that requires attention. Heel pain in children is often caused by an injury to the growth plate in the heel, called Calcaneal Apophysitis or Sever’s Disease. However, pediatric heel pain may be the sign of other problems as well, and can occur at younger or older ages. An early diagnosis and treatment can avoid lifelong foot and ankle pain and discomfort.
Symptoms of pediatric heel pain
Pediatric heel pain differs from adult heel pain. See our page on pediatric heel pain and footcare
Haglund’s deformity is a bony enlargement on the back of the heel that many times leads to painful bursitis, an inflammation of the bursa (a fluid-filled sac between the tendon and bone). In Haglund’s deformity, the soft tissue near the Achilles tendon becomes irritated when the bony enlargement rubs against the hard backs of shoes - hence its nickname, "pump bump". In fact, the deformity is most common in young women who wear pump-style shoes.
Symptoms of Haglund's Deformity
Causes of Haglund's Deformity
Treatment of Haglund's Deformity
The goal of any therapy for Haglund's Deformity is to reduce the inflammation of the bursa, which can usually be accomplished with a change in footwear or in-shoe orthotics. While this approach and others can resolve the bursitis, therapy will not shrink the boney protrusion.