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Diagnosing Heel Pain

Monday, 19 April 2021 00:00

Heel pain can be a symptom of many different foot problems. The location of the pain in your heel can help guide diagnosis. While pain along the bottom of the heel is often indicative of plantar fasciitis, it can also be a sign of other conditions, including a stress fracture, nerve entrapment, or plantar warts. Pain in the back of the heel can be a sign of Achilles tendon issues, Haglund’s deformity, or Sever’s disease. If you have heel pain, it is suggested that you seek the care of a podiatrist. A podiatrist will take your medical history and conduct a physical examination to determine what is causing your heel pain. In some cases, imaging studies such as X-rays are necessary to confirm or rule out a diagnosis.

Many people suffer from bouts of heel pain. For more information, contact John McGhan, DPM of Gold Canyon Foot & Ankle. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Causes of Heel Pain

Heel pain is often associated with plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a band of tissues that extends along the bottom of the foot. A rip or tear in this ligament can cause inflammation of the tissue.

Achilles tendonitis is another cause of heel pain. Inflammation of the Achilles tendon will cause pain from fractures and muscle tearing. Lack of flexibility is also another symptom.

Heel spurs are another cause of pain. When the tissues of the plantar fascia undergo a great deal of stress, it can lead to ligament separation from the heel bone, causing heel spurs.

Why Might Heel Pain Occur?

  • Wearing ill-fitting shoes                  
  • Wearing non-supportive shoes
  • Weight change           
  • Excessive running


Heel pain should be treated as soon as possible for immediate results. Keeping your feet in a stress-free environment will help. If you suffer from Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis, applying ice will reduce the swelling. Stretching before an exercise like running will help the muscles. Using all these tips will help make heel pain a condition of the past.

If you have any questions please contact our office located in Gold Canyon, AZ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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