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Managing Heel Pain

Heel pain, a common foot ailment, can significantly impact mobility and daily activities. Typically located on the underside or back of the heel, it can stem from various causes, including plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis, heel spurs, or stress fractures. One prevalent reason for morning discomfort is the tightening of the plantar fascia ligament during sleep, leading to a sharp pain upon first steps. However, not all heel pains are alike. Pain can manifest in different areas such as the bottom, sides, or back of the heel, each indicating distinct issues. Ignoring persistent discomfort may exacerbate the condition and hinder natural healing processes. Fortunately, several remedies exist, including rest, stretching exercises, proper footwear, and custom orthotics. If you have persistent heel pain, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for an accurate diagnosis and tailored treatment plan.

Many people suffer from bouts of heel pain. For more information, contact one of our podiatrists of Nashville Family Foot Care. Our practitioners 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 Nashville, TN . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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