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Heel Pain: Causes and Treatments

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Out of all 26 bones and 33 joints that make up your foot and ankle, your heel is the largest bone in the region. Therefore, it’s only logical that it can require the most amount of care and is most susceptible to injury. For those suffering from regular heel pain, determining the cause and deciding upon the appropriate treatment quickly is best left to a Foot and Ankle specialist. If you’re regularly experiencing pain or swelling in your heels, visit NJ Foot and Ankle’s website to request an appointment with a specialist and read on to learn more about the most common causes and treatments for heel pain.


Common Causes For Heel Pain:

  1. Heel Spurs: Usually seen in runners and other athletes who run – or jog – regularly as part of their sport, this condition develops when the lining that covers the heel breaks off in pieces as a result of continuous stretching.
  2. Plantar Fasciitis: Also seen in runners, this condition occurs when the tissue connecting the heel to the ball of the foot becomes inflamed. For the Average Joe, this condition can develop as a result of wearing poorly fitting shoes.
  3. Excessive Pronation: Often as a result of changes in your gait that result from hip or back injuries, this condition occurs when the foot rolls inward, and the ligaments and tendons in the back of the heel are overstretched.
  4. Achilles Tendonitis: Common among dancers, athletes, and runners, this condition is the result of the inflammation of the Achilles’ tendon.38046912_l


Treating Heel Pain


When it comes to treatment for the common causes of heel pain, there are surgical and nonsurgical options available.  For most causes of heel pain, physical therapy is the first step towards recovery. For more significant issues, a NJ Foot and Ankle specialist will X-ray the area to determine whether minimally invasive surgery is required. If you’re suffering from any of these conditions, consult with a specialist today to get started on your path to recovery.


Twenty-six joints make up the foot and ankle, making this one of the most interesting structures in the entire body--and also, one of the most vulnerable. Injuries and pain in the foot and joint area can be debilitating, even immobilizing. Our experts are here to help you find your footing, and identify a course of treatment that will allow you to hit the ground running.