Heel pain can occur in the bottom of the heel, but also in the front or the back of the heel. The heel, like any bone, is subject to outside influences that can affect its fitness and integrity. The most common cause of heel pain is abnormalities in the walking gait that put too much stress onto the heel bone and the soft tissue around and attached to it. This stress may also be a result of injury, such as a bruise caused by walking, running, or jumping on a hard surface, or from footwear with a lack of proper support such as flip-flops, or also can result from being overweight.
Some common causes of heel pain include:
Other possible causes of heel pain include:
If pain and symptoms such as inflammation [redness, swelling, heat] persist or limit normal activities, you should call today and schedule an appointment at 810-629-3338 [FEET]. At Fenton Foot Care we offer next-day appointments for most cases. Both Dr. Hirt, Dr. Holdren-Otis and Dr. Castelein will examine the area and possibly perform diagnostic on-site x-rays to rule out any problems with the bone. Early treatment with oral or injected anti-inflammatory medications, proper exercise and shoe recommendations, strapping or taping, or shoe inserts or custom orthotics can effectively treat your heel pain without the need for surgery.