Common Causes of Heel Pain
Heel pain is among the most annoying and debilitating health issues because it can seriously limit mobility. The heel must bear the weight of the entire body making it susceptible to injury. It is critical to get an accurate diagnosis of the pain from the heel because there are several causes.
If you are experiencing pain in the heel read on to find out some of the common causes:
Plantar fasciitis - this is the most common cause of pain caused by the inflammation in the tissue that makes up the arch of the foot. The arch experiencing fatigue due to injury or overuse often causes plantar fasciitis. Long periods of standing and activity can increase symptoms.
Heel spur - heel spurs are commonly associated with people suffering from plantar fasciitis, although heel spurs can occur on their own. Heel spurs are common athletes as well as people who have occupations requiring a lot of walking and standing for prolonged periods.
Tarsal tunnel syndrome - tarsal tunnel syndrome is caused by the large nerve in the back of the foot the get pinched or impinged. This is very similar to carpal tunnel syndrome in the hand. Tarsal tunnel syndrome can cause severe pain in the foot reducing or even inhibiting mobility.
Stress fracture - stress fractures are common in the foot but not in the heel. Stress fractures to the heel can occur as a result of acute injury or overuse. Athletes such as long distance runners are more susceptible to stress fractures than others.
Posterior heel pain - posterior pain in the heel leads to pain behind the foot rather than underneath the heel. Posterior pain in the heel is typically caused by tendinitis in the Achilles tendon or a bout of bursitis.
When to contact your health care provider
Many people wait too long to see their health care provider when they have recalcitrant pain in the heel. If you are unsure of what is causing your pain you should see your doctor immediately. The treatment of heel pain varies which means there are a wide variety of treatments designed to target specific causes. The wrong treatment can provide no relief and can make the underlying cause worse.
Contact your health care provider if you are experiencing the following symptoms:
· Inability to walk
· Heel pain that will not subside
· Heel pain that gets worse at night or when resting
· Swelling that will not subside
· Foot discoloration
· Redness, heat or fever