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What Causes Heel Pain?

Wednesday, 07 September 2022 00:00

There are many causes of heel pain. Heel pain is often caused by plantar fasciitis, which is an inflammation of the connective tissue that spans the sole of the foot—from the heel bone through the arch up into the forefoot. Heel spurs, which are calcium deposits that form on the heel bone in response to repeated trauma, can sometimes cause heel pain as well. Oftentimes, these two conditions occur at the same time. People may be more at risk of developing heel pain if they are overweight, which puts undue stress and tension on the plantar fascia. Overusing the plantar fascia may also contribute to plantar fasciitis, as well as having tight calf muscles or wearing improper footwear that does not offer adequate support. If you have any heel pain, see a podiatrist who can diagnose and help to remedy this condition.

Many people suffer from bouts of heel pain. For more information, contact William Urton, DPM of British Columbia. 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 Langley, BC . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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