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Heel Pain

Causes of Heel Pain and its Diagnosis

The heel is a padded cushion of soft tissue protecting your heel bone. It keeps your balance and holds your foot’s shape despite the pressure of your body weight. Your heels serve to preserve the structure of your foot and help you walk normally. 

As a result, heel pain is a common problem in the U.S. Most U.S. citizens experience heel pain at old age. However, there is no guarantee that your teenage and young adult days will be free from heel pain. 

By understanding the causes and diagnosis of heel pain, you can prevent this painful problem from manifesting at a young age. 

Causes of Heel Pain

Despite taking good care of your feet, you are prone to heel pain if you stand on your feet for too long. Sadly, this isn’t something most of us can avoid because it’s a part of our lives. Because of this, teachers and construction workers are often affected by heel pain. Here are all the causes of heel pain in both genders. 

Achilles Tendinitis

The Achilles tendon is a long fibrous tissue connecting the calf muscle to the heel bone. It’s your body’s longest and strongest tendon, often carrying the entire body’s weight. Runners and basketball players are often affected by Achilles Tendinitis. This problem causes pain, swelling, and stiffness in the heel. Although Achilles Tendinitis doesn’t affect your mobility, it’s quite painful to walk. 


The bursa is a fluid-filled sac located on your joints. When they swell, your body weight is shifted on the heels. Bursitis occurs when these fluid-filled sacs aren’t doing their job of weight distribution. It often leads to heel pain because the joint isn’t carrying the weight of your body. Bursitis is caused when you are standing too long on your feet. This heel pain often affects teachers and construction working due to the nature of their job. 

Haglund’s Deformity

Never wear shoes with tighter heels such as pumps because they are the main cause of this problem. The Haglund’s Deformity causes bony bumps called pump bumps. These bumps are mostly formed on the back of your heel. The primary cause of this problem is chronic inflammation and irritation in the heel. 

Sever’s Disease

This problem is mostly found in children between the ages of 8 and 14. If your child is active in sports and other athletic activities, you might hear complaints about heel pain. Sever’s disease is caused when athletic activities interfere with the growth plates on the back of your heels. 

However, your children will develop immunity against this problem as they grow older. Most parents prevent their children from participating in sports because of this problem. However, this isn’t the solution. It’s advised to take 20 minutes to rest after every 1-1.5 hours of playtime to minimize the chances of Sever’s disease; this allows your heel to recover from stress. 

Bone Bruise

Not all heel pain is caused by sports and athletics activities. Sometimes, a wrong footstep can cost you a hefty medical bill. When we unintentionally step on a hard substance, we put all out body weight onto it; this causes the heel tissue to sustain injuries. You might not see discoloration, but your heel will tender when you walk. A fracture or sever’s disease might also cause a bone bruise. 

How Did I Develop Heel Pain?

You may be likely to develop constant heel pain due to one or more problems listed below. Remember, anything that puts unnecessary pressure on your foot can cause heel pain. Here is how you might develop heel pain. 

  • If you are overweight 
  • When you run or jump a lot
  • Constant sprinting 
  • Wearing the wrong size shoe for longer periods 
  • Spend a lot of time standing on a concrete floor 
  • Your feet are constantly wet 
  • Have a flat foot 

Heel Pain Diagnosis 

Your healthcare provider will assess your symptoms and recommend treatment if the problem is clear. However, if you have an underlying injury, your doctor might recommend a digital x-ray in the office. Marion County Podiatry is a quality facility that provides digital x-ray. A digital x-ray provides a clear picture of your heel, and the doctor can decide how to approach your problem. Don’t worry; digital X-rays are safe, and they don’t have as many harmful waves like with a regular X-ray. 

Your Number One Podiatric Assistance 

Whether your heel pain is due to excessive sports or standing on your feet for too long, you need medical assistance. Suppressing heel pain can lead to foot deformities, and you might complicate your heel problem. For expert medical help, quality care, and a home-like environment, you can reach out to Marion County Podiatry. You call them by dialing 

  • (352) 351 4444
  • (352) 873 3332

Or visit our website for more information.


Carl M. Salvati, DPM
Carl M. Salvati, DPM completed a three year podiatric medical and surgical residency with reconstructive rearfoot and ankle training at Westside Regional Medical Center in Plantation, FL. During his time in residency, Dr Salvati had extensive experience in trauma, arthroscopy, diabetic limb salvage, and elective lower extremity procedures. He has an undergraduate BS BA degree from the University of Florida where he graduated cum laude and was a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society. He received his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine from Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine in Miami, Florida. Dr. Salvati participated in various charitable endeavors including the Yucatan Crippled Children’s Project in Mexico. He is board certified by the American board of Podiatric Medicine and is a Fellow of the American College of Podiatric Medicine. He is also board certified in the sub-specialty of Amputation Prevention and Wound Care by the American Board of Podiatric Medicine. He has been Certified as a Wound Care Specialist Physician by the American Board of Wound Management. Dr Salvati is a dedicated and compassionate physician with extensive surgical and medical experience.

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