Most Common Causes For Heel Pain

Heel pain is a relatively common condition, with different causes. Given the importance of the heel to your feet — it is the largest bone in your foot — it if you are suffering from heel pain, it is important that you get a proper diagnosis and treatment plan. The podiatrists at Animas & Foot Ankle and their staff have the expertise to help you relieve heel pain.

Common causes of heel pain

There are several common causes of heel pain. These causes include plantar fasciitis, heel spur, bursitis, and injuries to your Achilles tendons.

Plantar fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is a cause of heel pain. Inflammation of the plantar fascia is at the root of this disease.Your plantar fascia consists of tissues in the sole of your foot. These tissues support the arch of your foot. Plantar fasciitis is the result of a stretched or overworked plantar fascia.  

Anyone can experience plantar fasciitis, but athletes, pregnant women, and people with diabetes have a higher risk of developing plantar fasciitis.

Heel spurs

A heel spur is the result of a calcium deposit that causes damage to your heel bone. While a heel spur itself is painless, as a result of its proximity to your heel, it can cause heel pain. Athletes are the most common sufferers of heel spurs.  


Bursitis is an inflammation of the bursa, which are sacs that can be found in joints throughout your body. In your heel, this inflammation may be caused by structural issues in your foot. Wearing shoes that don’t have adequate cushioning can also lead to an inflammation of the bursa.

Achilles tendonitis

Achilles tendonitis is also common cause of heel pain. It is caused by an overuse of the tissues that connect your calf muscles to the back of your heel. It primarily affects runners who increase the intensity of their runs and adults who play sports, such as tennis or basketball, only on the weekends. 

Achilles tendonitis usually starts at the back of your leg, after exercise such as running and spreads down to your heel. Since there are many underlying causes for Achilles tendonitis, it is advisable to see a foot and ankle specialist to ensure you haven’t sustained serious damage to the tissues connected to the back of your heel.

No matter what the underlying cause of your heel pain, it is important to partner with an experienced specialist to help correctly diagnose the cause and develop an appropriate treatment plan. 

Specialized Treatment for Heel Pain 

The specialists here at Animas Foot and Ankle have the expertise and experience needed to help you get better. Please give us a call at the nearest of our three locations to book an appointment. Heel pain is a relatively common condition, with different causes. The podiatrists at Animas & Foot Ankle and their staff can help you relieve heel pain. 

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