What is Heel Pain?
Heel Pain is a common foot issue. It can result from inflammation, bone changes, nerve compression, and other factors. It occurs under the heel or just behind it, where the Achilles tendon connects to the heel bone. Sometimes, it can affect the side of the heel.
The pain is often severe and occurs when you place weight on your heel. Some people may limp or develop an abnormal walking style as they try to avoid placing weight on the affected heel.
People who run or jog regularly, and older adults who are 40-60 years of age, are the two main groups affected by heel pain.
What Causes Heel Pain
Heel pain may occur due to a single injury, such as a twist or fall, or from repetitive stress and pounding of the heel. Flat footwear may also stretch the plantar fascia until the area becomes swollen or inflamed, causing pain and discomfort. Common causes of heel pain include:
Plantar Fasciitis - This is inflammation of the plantar fascia. The plantar fascia is a strong, bowstring-like ligament that runs from the calcaneum, or heel bone, to the tip of the foot.
Heel Bursitis - Inflammation can occur at the back of the heel, in the bursa, which is a fibrous sac full of fluid. This condition can result from landing awkwardly or hard on the heels or from pressure from footwear.
Haglund's Deformity - A bony enlargement on the back of the heel. It occurs when footwear rubs against the back of the heel, irritating the bony enlargement and surrounding tissue.
Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome - Tissue compresses the large nerve in the back of the foot, resulting in pain. This type of compression neuropathy can occur either in the ankle or foot.
Stress Fracture - Repetitive stress, strenuous exercise, sports, or heavy manual work can cause injury. For instance, runners are at a higher risk of a stress fracture in the metatarsal bones of the foot.
Sever's Disease - Most common cause of heel pain in children and young adults. It results from overuse and repetitive microtrauma of the growth plates of the heel bone. Sever’s disease most commonly affects children aged 7–15 years.
Achilles Tendinitis - Achilles tendinitis occurs when the large tendon in the back of the heel becomes inflamed. Overuse and injury are the most common causes of Achilles tendinitis.
When is the Time to See Podiatrist Dr. Leonard Knudson for an Ankle Sprain?
Seeing a professional will help you get answers for a sprained ankle that does not seem to improve over time. There are different types of ankle sprains that range from minor to more severe, such as:
Grade 1: Ankle is often sore and slightly swollen.
Grade 2: Usually a partial ligament tear. There may also be bleeding under the skin, which creates bruising.
Grade 3: Full tear within the ligament.
Schedule an appointment with Dr. J. Leonard Knudson - a Culver City Foot Doctor if you are experiencing weakness, bruising, and prolonged pain from your ankle sprain.
Dr. J. Leonard Knudson is a Foot and Ankle Surgeon located in Culver City and near West Los Angeles will be grading your heel pain based on the damage that is present.
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