Heel pain is a common complaint that affects millions of people worldwide. Various factors, including injury, overuse, and medical conditions, can cause it. This blog will discuss four of the most common causes of heel pain.
- Plantar fasciitis is a common condition that affects the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot from the heel to the toes. When this tissue becomes inflamed or irritated, it can cause severe pain in the heel. Plantar fasciitis is often caused by overuse, but foot arch problems, obesity, or inadequate footwear can also cause it. Common treatments for plantar fasciitis include rest, ice, stretching, and physical therapy.
- Achilles tendinitis is another common cause of heel pain, especially in athletes who participate in sports that require running or jumping. The Achilles tendon connects the calf muscles to the heel bone, and when it becomes inflamed or irritated, it can cause pain and stiffness in the heel. Treatment options for Achilles tendinitis include rest, ice, physical therapy, and in severe cases, surgery.
If you are experiencing persistent heel pain, seek medical attention to determine the underlying cause and develop an appropriate treatment plan. At Richmond Foot & Ankle Associates, our team of experts are dedicated to helping patients find relief from heel pain and other foot and ankle conditions. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.