Pain - heel
Most frequently heel pain is not the result of any single injury, such as a fall or twist, but rather the result of repetitive or excessive heel pounding.
- Shoes with poor arch support or soft soles
- Quick turns that put stress on your foot
- Tight calf muscles
- Repetitive pounding on your feet from long-distance running, especially running downhill or on uneven surfaces
- Pronation -- landing on the outside of your foot and rolling inward when walking or running; to know if you pronate, check the soles of your shoes to see if they are worn along the outer edge
Bone spurs in the heel can accompany plantar fasciitis, but are generally not the source of the pain. If you treat the plantar fasciitis appropriately, the bone spur is likely to no longer bother you.
- Running, especially on hard surfaces like concrete
- Tightness and lack of flexibility in your calf muscles
- Shoes with inadequate stability or shock absorption
- Sudden inward or outward turning of your heel when hitting the ground
Review Date: 03/02/2010
Reviewed By: Dennis Ogiela, MD, Orthopedic Surgeon, Danbury Hospital, Danbury, CT. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.