Heel pain is a common problem that can be caused by a number of different factors. In some cases, heel pain can signal a more serious underlying cause, which can lead to other severe complications if ignored. Take a look at some of the most common causes of heel pain.
Heel Pain – Common Causes
- Plantar Fasciitis: This is a condition characterized by the inflammation of the plantar fascia, a type of fibrous tissue that assists in supporting the foot’s arch. When stretched too much or overloaded, this tissue undergoes damage or tearing, leading to the said condition. Most of the damage occurs in an area where the fascia connects to the heel bone, which results in typical heel pain. Plantar fasciitis can affect anyone, however, it is most common in people who are obese, flat-footed, diabetic, pregnant, and those who engage in sporting activities such as tennis, volleyball etc. Basically, anyone who regular engages in activity that puts excess pressure on the plantar fascia can develop plantar fasciitis.
- Heel Spur: This is a complication that is similar to plantar fasciitis. It is characterized by a growth in the area where the plantar fascia connects to the heel bone. In most cases, they develop as result of plantar fasciitis.
- Pump Bump: Pump bump or posterior calcaneal exostosis is a medical condition in which a bony growth occurs behind the heel. This is actually a complication of bursitis, found often among women who wear pump footwear.
- Bursitis: Bursitis is the inflammation of the bursa. The bursa is a sac that is found in tendons and joints, which enables free movement. Bursitis in the heels can be caused due to structural issues in the foot itself or due to the use of poor footwear that does not contain adequate cushioning for the heel.
Interested in Learning More About Heel Pain and its Causes? Contact Dr. Gabriel Maislos, Houston Podiatrist.
For more information about heel pain and its causes, contact Dr. Gabriel Maislos. We are located in Houston and can be reached directly at (713) 541-3199 . We look forward to hearing from you soon.