Heel Pain

Why Do I Have Heel Pain?

Stephen D. Lasday, DPM Foot Pain, Podiatrist Sarasota and Bradenton

Why do I have Heel Pain?

There are many reasons for heel pain!

Heel pain, unfortunately, is a common complaint in our office. It’s not unusual to hear patients say, “My heels hurt in the morning!” or ask “Why do my heels hurt when I run?”

There are many reasons for heel problems. After a thorough examination, we can usually determine the cause of your heel pain based on your symptoms and a physical examination. Simple ultrasound lets us look at the deep structures together and see exactly what’s going on.

The two major causes of heel pain are plantar fasciitis and achilles tendinitis. The easiest way to figure out which one is causing your pain is by location.

Generally—and I stress that word because there are other reasons—if the pain is under your heel bone it is likely plantar fasciitis.  If the pain is found at the back of the heel or in the achilles area, then it is likely achilles tendinitis.

Treatments for heel pain may include rest, stretching and strengthening exercises, and the use of foot supports/inserts. Heel pain rarely requires surgery.

Check out this video to learn more about plantar fasciitis. Next week, we’ll talk more about achilles tendinitis.

If you are experiencing heel problems, Sarasota or Bradenton is the place to be! Please schedule an appointment with Dr. Lasday, Dr. Zdancewicz, or Dr. Goecker for a thorough and professional evaluation, either in their Bradenton Podiatry office or Sarasota Podiatry office.

Photo courtesty of Stilfehler.