Wednesday, February 22, 2012

What Causes My Heel Pain?

Excessive Inward Motion When Walking
When you walk with excessive pronation, or inward motion of your foot, you can create an abnormal amount of stretching and pulling on the ligaments and tendons that attach to the bottom of your heel bone.
Inflammation of Your Arch Ligament & Heel Spurs
Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of your arch ligament (fascia) that runs along the bottom of your foot (plantar surface). When your plantar fascia is strained, it can overstretch or tear. This can lead to inflammation, pain, and the growth of a heel spur.
Inflammation of Your Achilles Tendon
Pain at the back of the heel can be associated with inflammation of the Achilles tendon as it runs behind the ankle and attaches to the back surface of the heel bone. The inflammation is called achilles tendonitis.
Other Heel Pain Triggers You Should Know About
Other conditions that can bring about heel pain include: rheumatoid arthritis, bursitis, and something commonly referred to as a pump bump. This is a painful bony enlargement of the back of the heel bone aggravated by wearing certain types of closed heel shoes. Heel pain can also be caused by a bone bruise or stress fracture.
If you have any amount of heel pain, we don't have to tell you how crippling it can become when left untreated.
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