Solving Your Heel Pain Mystery

Robert T. Hoover, II
Dr. Robert Hoover's specialties include treating flat feet and associated issues such as bunions.

If you’re looking to spend some quality time with family, it’s hard to beat an old-fashioned “game night.” There are many popular board games, like Monopoly and The Game of Life, but another great option is Clue. It can be a lot of fun to put on the ol’ detective’s hat and try to solve the mystery of who committed the crime and how they did it!

Fortunately, the stakes are generally quite low when it comes to playing board games with the family—excluding pride and bragging rights. But stakes are raised a bit when it comes to foot care. Your lower limbs do so much for you. It is important to have an expert medical “sleuth” getting to the bottom of mysteries like why your heel is hurting.Solving Your Heel Pain Mystery

There are many causes of heel pain, but some of the more common ones include:

  • Plantar fasciitis – This is actually the most common source of heel pain for adults. It causes sharp, intense pain in the bottom of the heel with the first steps following extended periods of rest, especially after a full night’s sleep. The cause behind this pain is the plantar fascia—a fibrous band of tissue running along the bottom of the foot—that can become overly strained when faced with excessive pressure.
  • Achilles tendinitis – If your heel pain is in the back of the foot, and greater following physical activity, you possibly have a case of Achilles tendinitis. This is a common overuse injury, caused when the Achilles tendon becomes inflamed. It often happens to “weekend warriors” (men and women who only engage in intense physical activity on an infrequent basis, like weekend basketball games or tennis matches) or those who suddenly increase the intensity or duration of their running program.
  • Sever’s disease – When heel pain is experienced by an adolescent, the likely culprit is Sever’s disease, which actually isn’t a disease at all. Instead, it is a condition that causes pain in the back of the heel when the heel bone grows quicker than the Achilles tendon connecting to it.

Remember, heel pain is not normal and needs to be addressed. If you need to get to the bottom of a mysterious foot ailment, the team here at Foot and Ankle Associates of Florida is on the case! We have five offices in Orlando, Mt. Dora, Lake Mary, Altamonte Springs, and Kissimmee to better serve all of Central Florida, so give us a call at 407-339-7759 or 352-589-9550 (if you call from Mt. Dora) and request your appointment today.

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