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Exploring the Realities of Heel Pain

Heel pain can stem from various underlying causes, impacting the daily activities and quality of life of people of all ages. One common reason is plantar fasciitis, which is the inflammation of the tissue connecting the heel bone to the toes. This condition often causes sharp pain in the bottom of the heel, particularly upon standing or walking after periods of rest. Achilles tendonitis, another frequent cause of heel pain, involves inflammation of the Achilles tendon at the back of the heel, typically the result of overuse or repetitive stress. Other factors contributing to heel pain include heel spurs, stress fractures, and nerve compression. Symptoms may range from mild discomfort to severe pain and may worsen with activity. Proper diagnosis by a podiatrist is critical for effective treatment and management strategies tailored to address the underlying cause of heel pain. If you have developed heel pain, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can offer you a tailored treatment plan.

Many people suffer from bouts of heel pain. For more information, contact Elliot T. Udell, DPM of New York. 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 office located in Hicksville, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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