Why Does My Heel Hurt?
Foot pain can be annoying and even create real problems with mobility when trying to accomplish normal everyday tasks. This is particularly true if the source of the pain is coming from the underneath area of the foot or heel. One of the most common causes of pain on the heel of your foot is called Plantar Fasciitis. The thin, flat ligament connecting your heel with the front of the foot is the plantar fascia, which gives the arch support and provides important assistance with walking.
This condition is very common among people who are on their feet for long periods of time, middle- aged folks and athletes or members of the military, who have a lot of stress put on their feet. While the plantar fascia is very resilient and strong, continuous strain on the ligament can cause small tears and the ligament can become irritated and sensitive. It may even become swollen and painful.
Common Causes of Plantar Fasciitis:
- A tendency to roll your feet inward when walking or running
- Standing or being on your feet for long periods
- Continuous and increased stress level on the feet
- High arches
- Flat feet
- Being overweight can create increased stress on the plantar fascia
- Shoes that do not fit properly
- Shoes that are very worn or do not provide proper support
- Very tight muscles around the foot such as your calf muscles and even Achilles tendons
If you suffer from this condition, you will most likely experience increasing levels of pain as you proceed through the day. The heel and foot will become more irritated and painful with continued activity, with even more aggravation if you attempt to use stairs or stay on your feet for long periods. In the morning, you may experience stiffness and irritation almost right away, after only a few minutes of being on your feet.
- Avoid activities that create additional stress on your feet such as running, jumping or hiking.
- Get rest and stay off your feet for long periods
- Decrease inflammation by icing your heel or using anti-inflammatories, which come in the form of a pill or cream.
- Wear shoes that provide excellent support and cushion
- Shoe inserts may boost support for your foot
- Stretching exercises can be done to help make the plantar fascia stronger
- See a Podiatrist
Foot problems can be very complex and difficult to diagnose unless you are an expert. There are a lot of moving parts in the foot and if you take corrective action without being sure of the real problem, then it may create even more pain and longer term issues. The best course of action is to always see a Podiatrist first: Foot Care Centers can help you alleviate your foot pain.