What’s Behind Your Heel Pain?
We take our feet for granted. They do so much for us. Day in and day out, they support our weight. Is it any wonder that heel pain is the occasional result? When it happens, you know it. It’s usually associated with a shooting pain that moves through the foot and immobilises us. It all happens so quickly that its cause may appear to be a mystery. Not so. There are a few common causes of painful heels. Let’s look at this subject in further detail.
What’s behind heel pain?
Physical exertion or a minor accident are two things that most commonly trigger pain in the heel area of your foot. It’s sometimes difficult to join up the dots, though, so the pain can sometimes seem to come out of the blue. Of the 26 bones that comprise the human foot, the heel is the largest. There are a total of 33
If you’re feeling pain in your sole as well as your heel, it’s probably plantar fasciitis that is to blame. When the fibrous connective tissue (the fascia) becomes inflamed, this is the body’s reaction. This inflammation might be due to anything from uncomfortable shoes to strain or too much walking or running.
Plantar fasciitis happens when the flexible fibrous tissue of your foot’s sole is overstretched or torn. Of course, this is also a symptom of spurs, so bear that in mind when making an initial self-diagnosis.
Resting the affected foot provides temporary relief, but it’s no cure for plantar fasciitis. You’ll feel deep discomfort as soon as you move your heel again. We urge you to see your GP for a proper diagnosis if you suspect this condition. Follow any treatment recommendations. In the meantime, you can get some relief at home with ice packs and
- Rheumatoid and other forms of arthritis can affect all the joints in your body, so they may well be what’s causing discomfort in the heels of your feet.
- Gout, caused by excess uric acid in the body, is noted for causing inflammation in the big toe. The heel, however, can also be affected. The pain will be unbearable, so see your GP for treatment!
- Bursitis bears many of the hallmarks of heel spurs, but it’s a condition of the nerves rather than the bone. Bursitis causes the nerves to grow abnormally and this limits your mobility.
- Haglund deformity sounds atrocious – and it is. It’s also quite common, but easily addressed. How? Stop wearing high heels so often. They cause a growth on the back of the heel bone, right at the site of the Achilles’ tendon. Ouch.
- Inflamed Achilles’ tendon is common in athletes and other who are very active. It’s better known as tendinitis and is a reaction to repeated strained.
- Bruising of the bone happens when the foot sustains a heavy impact. It can be caused by a blow – tripping or accidentally hitting something, for instance – or suddenly being hit with tremendous force. If you suffer anything similar, the first thing you should do is apply ice. This will allay inflammation and help your foot to recover.
Now, do you see how important it is to treat your feet with respect? They are there for you, getting you from A to B and helping you stand tall. Be kind to them.