Why Does My Heel Hurt?

Why Does My Heel Hurt?

May 30, 2023

Heel pain is a common foot condition. It can happen for a variety of reasons and generally causes severe pain and discomfort. Plantar fasciitis is a foot ailment that affects the plantar fascia. This is defined as the band of tissue that connects the toes to the heels and is found on the bottom of the foot. An injury can cause the plantar fascia to become torn or irritated, and many patients will seek medical attention for relief. People who have endured an Achilles tendon injury may have heel pain at the point where the Achilles tendon connects to the calf muscles. Children and young teenagers who participate in sporting activities may develop Sever’s disease. This is a foot condition that affects the growth plate in the heel, and temporarily stopping the activity that caused the condition may bring mild relief. If you have heel pain, it is strongly suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can determine the cause and offer treatment methods that are correct for you.

Many people suffer from bouts of heel pain. For more information, contact one of our podiatrists of PA Foot & Ankle Associates. 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 one of our offices located in Allentown, Easton, Northampton, and Chew Street in Allentown, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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