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Heel Pain Causes

Learn more about the common culprits behind heel pain.

Dealing with heel pain? If so, our Mountain Home and Harrison, AR, podiatrist Dr. Eric Arp and the team at Arp Foot and Ankle are ready to help you get back on your feet again. Wondering what could be causing your heel pain? You’ve come to the right place.

Could it be plantar fasciitis?

While there are many conditions that can cause heel pain, the most common cause of heel pain is plantar fasciitis. This results in an inflamed plantar fascia, a thick tissue within the foot that supports the arches. Heel pain associated with plantar fasciitis is often a sharp, stabbing pain that is often worse first thing in the morning or after long bouts of rest. With movement, you may find that heel pain and stiffness eases up.  

Could it be Achilles tendonitis?

Another common cause of heel pain is Achilles tendonitis, which results in inflammation of the Achilles tendon, the largest tendon in the body that also connects the heel bone with the calf muscles. If you notice heel pain that originates above the heel bone this is most likely due to inflammation or problems with the Achilles tendon, which should not go ignored.  

Could it be something else?

Other causes of heel pain include,   

  • Sprains and strains: These injuries are most common in athletes and those who participate in regular exercise. Sprains can be severe enough to impact. 
  • Fracture: If you suspect that your heel pain or other symptoms are the result of a broken bone this is considered a medical emergency that requires immediate attention.  
  • Bursitis: Bursitis occurs when the bursa sacs that cushion the joints, tendons and ligaments of the foot become inflamed.  

When should I see a podiatrist?

While minor heel pain will often resolve itself with rest and home care, it’s also important to recognize when you should turn to our Mountain Home and Harrison, AR, podiatrist for prompt medical attention. If you notice that your pain hasn’t improved after two weeks of limited activity and self-care measures then it’s time to book an appointment. 

You should also see our podiatrist right away if your heel pain is severe if you can’t put weight on the foot, if pain is accompanied by a fever (a sign of infection) or if you notice numbness or tingling in the foot.  

Are you dealing with heel pain that isn’t responding to at-home care? Is this the first time you’re dealing with heel pain so you’re not sure what’s causing your symptoms? If so, these are situations that warrant turning to our Mountain Home and Harrison, AR, foot specialist Dr. Arp. To schedule an appointment, call Arp Foot and Ankle at (870) 425-7363 or (870) 365-3668.

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