Identifying Hazards of the Heel

The back often isn’t pegged as the best place to reside. For example, given a choice, you’d rather be at the front of the lines for Food Truck Fridays than the back! Our heels don’t really get to choose their places in the feet, of course, but they don’t complain—until we start having to deal with heel pain, that is.

A number of heel conditions can cause discomfort and pain no matter your spot in life. Here are a few potential problems that can be causing trouble in the back.

Plantar FasciitisThe no. 1 cause of heel pain, this is an inflammation of a thick band that runs from the toes to the heel bone. The pain tends to center beneath the heel and is at its worst when moving after a period of rest.

Heel Spur – A heel spur is deposit of calcium that forms where the plantar fascia attaches to the heel bone. Spurs tend to be associated with plantar fasciitis, but having one does not guarantee the other. Not all spurs cause discomfort, either.

Stone Bruise – This one thankfully tends to be easy. Sometimes stepping down on a hard object with excessive force can bruise the fat pad beneath the heel. It doesn’t always show discoloration, and it eventually goes away with rest.

Achilles Tendinitis – Another cause of pain behind the heel, Achilles tendinitis results from overuse of the tendon attaching the calf muscles to the heel bone. It is commonly seen in people who play sports only occasionally, such as in weekend pick-up games, without proper conditioning.

Heel pain that is constant or continues coming back is not something to get used to. Bloomington podiatrist Dr. Kevin Powers can help you get to the source of the problem and recommend the best treatments to find relief. Call our office at (812) 333-4422 and take the first step toward healthier heels today.