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There Are Many Causes for Heel Pain

The heel of the foot may be affected when there are abnormalities of the skin, nerves, and bones. The foot condition that is known as plantar fasciitis is common, and can cause severe pain and discomfort. Existing medical conditions that include peripheral vascular disease or arthritis can produce heel pain, in addition to Sever’s disease which affects children and young teenagers. Additionally, many people have heel spurs that are diagnosed as small bones that grow under the heel. These can develop from obesity or from wearing shoes that do not fit properly. Patients who have Achilles tendonitis may have heel pain. The Achilles tendon is found in the calf, and connects the heel to the calf muscles. If it becomes inflamed from an injury, it may result in severe heel pain. Frequently practicing high-impact physical exercise may lead to heel pain, and relief may be found when the activity is temporarily stopped. There are various ways to treat heel pain, and it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can offer you correct treatment options.

Many people suffer from bouts of heel pain. For more information, contact Lance Greiff, DPM of Great Neck 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 our offices located in Great Neck Bronx, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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