Are you baffled by what might be causing your heel pain?
Heel pain is a nasty little issue, particularly if you are someone who leads an active lifestyle. It’s amazing how quickly heel pain can dictate what you can and can’t do. Discover the common causes of heel pain and when to see one of our West Houston, TX podiatrists--Dr. Samuel Mendicino, Dr. Asia Lo and Dr. Manish Patel--for care.
Most of the time, heel pain occurs as a result of repetitive stress placed on the heel and not by a single foot injury. Foot conditions that often cause heel pain include:
Plantar fasciitis: an inflammatory condition that affects the plantar fascia ligaments and causes aching, burning pain in the heel that is often exacerbated when first moving around in the morning or after exercise.
Bursitis: Inflammation of the bursa at the back of the heel can result from landing awkwardly on your heel or landing too hard on a surface.
Achilles tendinitis: Along with plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis is often the second leading cause of heel pain. This inflammatory condition that affects the tendon on the back of the leg near the heel is usually the result of an overuse injury.
Inflammation of the heel pad: if the heel pad of the foot becomes too thin or if you have heavy footsteps than you may be more likely to experience heel pad inflammation.
Tarsal tunnel syndrome: If the nerve at the back of the foot is entrapped or pinched this can cause tarsal tunnel syndrome, a type of compression neuropathy that can affect both the feet and the ankles.
Stress fracture: Just as the name suggests, this condition is often seen in runners or athletes who place their feet under repeated stress.
It’s nearly impossible to be able to know the exact cause of your heel pain without first turning to our West Houston foot and ankle specialists for help. It’s important to see us if you experience heel pain that:
- Persists even when you aren’t walking or standing
- Is so painful that you are unable to move around
- Lasts for several weeks and doesn’t get better with at-home care
Don’t let heel pain get you down. Find out what is causing your problems and nix it in the bud so that you can get back to what really matters. Turn to the Foot & Ankle Institute in West Houston, TX for the care your feet need.