Your heels work hard! It’s the largest of the 26 bones in your feet and can take quite a beating day in and day out. All that work can cause serious pain that can make a simple walk in the park an excruciating ordeal. If your heels are aching, it’s probably time to talk to a podiatrist. There are plenty of things that could be going on; here are some common causes of heel pain:
- Plantar fasciitis – this is caused by inflammation of the tissue known as the plantar fascia, that stretches from the base of your toes across the arch of the foot, to the heel. Overstretching or overuse typically causes the inflammation.
- Haglund’s Deformity – this painful enlargement at the back of the heel bone is often caused by pressure against a shoe – often a high heel or improperly fitting shoe.
- Heel calluses – these develop when one metatarsal bone is longer than the others, causing it to land with more force. The skin thickens and eventually forms a painful, irritating callus.
- Heel fissures – many things can cause heel fissures, or cracks in the skin of the heels. Open-backed sandals are often one culprit. It can also be associated with skin conditions such as eczema or psoriasis. Proper shoes and regular moisturizing helps reduce dryness associated with this painful condition.
- Achilles tendinitis – your Achilles tendon works tightly with the rest of your foot, especially your heel. This means that tendonitis in that area can cause a great deal of heel pain. A change in your Achilles tendon typically comes with a change in posture or the way you walk, which can strain new parts of your foot that aren’t used to that amount of strain.
- Stress fracture – these are like tiny cracks in the surface of the bone. Stress fractures are often associated with sports and can often be prevented with proper training and by running or exercising on the correct surfaces.
If you have pain in your heels, it might be time to contact our trained professional podiatry team at Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC. Our expert team of foot doctors maintain the highest level of accreditation and stay abreast of ongoing trends in podiatry. Schedule an appointment at one of our six conveniently located centers today.