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Symptoms and Diagnosis of Heel Pain

Heel pain can come from many different things. The area of the heel that is painful can give clues about the cause. The most frequent cause of heel pain is plantar fasciitis, which is characterized by sharp pain on the bottom of the heel when standing after sitting or lying down. Heel pain can also come from a crack in the heel bone, if one has been more active or walked on hard ground. Pain at the back of the heel can arise from problems with the Achilles tendon, or, if the tendon at another spot is hurting, that is where the pain will be. A bony bump on the heel that causes swelling or pain can also cause back of heel pain. If the inside part of the foot hurts after standing for a long time, it may indicate a nerve is being compressed. Additionally, if the outside part of the foot hurts or feels wobbly, especially when active or on rough ground, it could be sinus tarsi syndrome. If you have any kind of heel pain, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan.

Many people suffer from bouts of heel pain. For more information, contact one of our podiatrists of Comprehensive Footcare Clinic - Hawaii. Our doctors 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 Honolulu, HI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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