When your heels hurt, you are unable to enjoy your normal activities, and you want answers—fast. That’s what our heel pain center is for. There are so many conditions that can cause pain in your heels, but we’ll explain some of the more common ones below. Look through the list, and then give us a call to help you find the best treatment for your particular issue. Plantar Fasciitis
– This is the most common cause of heel pain. It occurs when the plantar fascia that connects the bottom of your heel bone to the bones in your toes stretches and tears, causing inflammation and pain under the bottom of your heel. Sometimes a heel spur can form where the tendon attaches to the calcaneus, which can also aggravate surrounding tissue. Achilles Tendinitis and Ruptures
– This first occurs which the Achilles tendon at the back of your heel becomes inflamed and painful due to overuse. A rupture happens when the tendon develops tiny tears or separates completely during more intense physical activity, causing extensive pain and the inability to stand on your toes or push off during a step. Fractures and Stress Fractures
– Tiny cracks in the bones of your feet can occur from overuse—the constant pounding of walking, running, and jumping. A break that extends through the entire bone more often develops from a sudden impact or misstep. Stress fractures may not be painful at first, but get worse over time, whereas a total fracture will likely hurt immediately. Nerve Issues
– Peripheral neuropathy
or compression of a nerve by a tendon, bone, or ligament (for example, with tarsal tunnel syndrome
), can both cause sharp, radiating pain in your foot. Other symptoms include tingling and numbness. The exact cause of nerve pain can be hard to distinguish, so it is best to come in and let us evaluate your heel pain problems. Rheumatoid Arthritis
– This autoimmune disease attacks the cartilage at the ends of your bones causing inflammation, swelling, and pain in your joints. Gout
is another type of arthritis that can affect your heels. It involves a buildup of uric acid crystals in the joints, causing sharp, needle-like pain. Bursitis
– This inflammation of the fluid-filled sac (bursa) between your calcaneus and Achilles tendon occurs from repetitive motion that aggravates the bursa and can be very painful. Other conditions that can result in painful heels are bone tumors, fibromyalgia, osteomyelitis, and degeneration of your heel pad through aging and wear and tear.
Heel Pain in Kids
Children who are very active during their growth spurt years (8 to 15) can experience a condition called Sever’s disease that causes pain in their heels. Bones can grow more quickly than other tissues during this time, and repetitive motion means the tight ligaments and tendons pull on the growth plate, causing irritation and inflammation. If your children complain of painful heels, don’t ignore it. They should rest from activity to allow their bone and other tissues to heal from the injury. Whenever you have heel pain that doesn’t subside with resting, icing, and elevating your feet, it is time to come and see the expert podiatrists at the heel pain center at Aadvanced Foot Care Associates. We can diagnose what is going on and combine our 100 years of foot care experience with the latest technology to find a treatment that works for you. Call our Flushing, NY, office at (718) 969-2266, Plainview at (516) 822-9595, and Rego Park at (718) 896-4433 or fill out our online form and say good-bye to heel pain!