Heel Pain: Meaning & Causes


Do you know the fact That foot has more than 30 different joints? If you consider the tons of stress on your feet endure from standing day in and day out and walking, it is a wonder everyone does not suffer from some sort of heel pain, which is the most common problem affecting the ankle and foot.

Feet are physiologically designed to handle the pressure to a point. Repeated pounding on a hard surface while participating in any sport or running or wearing ill-fitting shoes that inflame the tissues of the foot can cause pain on the men or women bottom of the heel or behind it, for instance. Arthritis from years of wear and tear, or maybe from gout, (a build-up of uric acid in the small bones of the feet), can also cause heel pain.

Without surgery, in most cases, Heel pain can be relieved. Rest, stretching exercises and possibly anti-inflammatory medication can often do the trick. Left untreated, however, a sore heel will only worsen and develop into chronic and more problematic conditions. When the condition of surgery arises, then surgeons must use orthopedic implants and surgical instruments to treat them which are obtained from orthopedic implant supplier.

Consult with a good specialist to know the underlying cause of pain in your heel if it lasts more than some days if it intensifies when you put weight on the foot, if there are signs of injury or infection, such as discoloration or fever, swelling, or if your heel is warm to the touch.

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Some common causes of heel pain

Pain centered under your heel could occur due to a rock, or from repetitive pounding on hard surfaces during sports. This pain generally goes away over time with rest.

When you take your first steps in the morning, you may have plantar fasciitis, which is inflammation of the tissue band (fascia) that connects the heel bone to the toes base. Plantar fasciitis is the most common illness-causing heel pain. If plantar fasciitis is left without treatment, a painful heel spur (calcium deposit) can develop where the fascia attaches to the heel bone.

Pain from behind the heel could indicate inflammation of the bursae or the Achilles tendon in the part of where goes into the heel bone. Achilles tendonitis and associated pain from retrocalcaneal bursitis can build gradually over time, causing the skin to thicken, become red and/or swell. In some of the cases, a bump that feels warm to the touch can develop at the back of the heel. If pain increases with the start of an activity after a period of rest or if it is so painful to wear shoes, your physician may order an X-ray to determine if a bone spur has developed.

Injuries to the nerves in the foot can also cause heel pain. Neuropathy, or nerve damage, and Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome, in which the large nerve in the back of the foot becomes pinched and inflamed, are the two most common nerve-related situations.

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