There are several possible causes of heel pain, including:
- Plantar fasciitis. This is one of the most common source of heel pain for adults. It is caused by an inflamed plantar fascia (the tissue running along the bottom of the foot). This causes sharp, intense pain in the bottom of the heel, especially when moving from a sitting to standing position or when getting out of bed.
- Achilles tendinitis. If you have recently started a new physical activity or increased the intensity of your existing activity, it is possible your heel pain comes from Achilles tendinitis. In this overuse injury, the pain is more likely to be experienced in the back of the heel and worsens following activity.
- Sever’s disease. For adolescents, the most common form of heel pain is from Sever’s disease (calcaneal apophysis). This is not a disease or necessarily an injury, but rather a condition that develops when the heel bone grows at a quicker rate than the Achilles tendon. The resulting pain is often worse during and following physical activity.
Heel pain might also be a symptom of bone spurs or a fracture, and there are other causes as well. If you are experiencing heel pain, contact Foot & Ankle Associates of Florida by calling 407-339-7759 or 352-589-9550 (if calling from Lake County) and request an appointment today for an accurate diagnosis!