What Are the Causes of Pain on the Feet Heels?
- The plantar fascia is a band of tissue that starts at your heel and goes along the bottom of your foot. As a person gets older, the plantar fascia loses its elasticity, causing the heel to absorb more shock from walking and get thinner, causing pain. Specific exercises can provide relief; in rare cases, surgery may be needed.
- Achilles tendonitis is a painful inflammatory condition of the Achilles tendon. It can be debilitating. Patients typically experience pain and tenderness in the heel when walking or with sudden movements.
- Heel spurs are growths on the heel bone. The heel spur does not cause pain, but the inflammation of the tissue surrounding it does.
- Obesity can cause heel pain by placing too much pressure on the heel.
- Common treatments for heel pain include stretching exercises, wearing arch supports, using over-the-counter pain medicine, and resting the effected foot when needed.