Understanding the Various Causes of Heel Pain

Sep 23, 2015

Did you know that every step you take can apply several times your own body weight worth of force on your feet? It’s true, and since the Greater New York is among one of the most walkable places on planet earth, heel pain is a common complaint here.

It’s important to realize that there is no singular cause of heel pain. Common conditions associated with heel pain include plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, bursitis, tendinitis, bone fractures, and many more.

While the conditions may vary, there are some common underlying factors that tend to influence the development of heel pain. One of the biggest is overuse. Runners and athletes, for example, often tend to struggle with plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendinitis, two conditions that result from repeated stresses and pressure on tendons and bands of tissue without giving them adequate time to rest and recover.

Fundamental flaws in the structure of your feet is another common factor. Every foot is different, and not every foot shape balances forces and stresses equally well. You may, in effect, be genetically predisposed to heel pain. In such cases, heel supports or custom orthotics that redistribute forces across your feet can be very beneficial.

Heel pain is often associated with, and magnified by, poor footwear choices. Shoes that don’t fit properly or don’t provide enough support can magnify painful forces and make bad situations worse. If you exercise or play sports, make sure you pick comfortable footwear that’s designed for your specific activities. Likewise, limit the high heels to 2 inches, and only for special events. Hard-backed pumps in particular can lead to a form of heel pain known as Haglund’s deformity, also known as “pump bump.”

While heel pain is common, that doesn’t mean it’s normal. Your feet were designed to last a lifetime, and Brook Valley Podiatry is committed to keeping you healthy, active, and free from pain. Don’t let the discomfort keep you from living life to the fullest. Call Stuart Birnbaum, DPM and schedule an appointment in Spring Valley today. Dial (845) 352-7507 for Spring Valley, or request an appointment online today.

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