What are the main causes of Heel Pain?
On the sole of your foot, there is a band of tissue. This tissue connects the front of your foot to your heel and helps support your natural arch. This vital ligament helps absorb all the stress and strain our body places on our feet. Plantar Fasciitis is what happens when this supportive band gets overloaded or overstretched, and small tears begin to form. Many people suffer from this painful condition. It can be triggered by anything from frequent running, pushing a particularly heavy appliance or piece of furniture, or even just from wearing your favorite worn-out shoes.
Another incredibly common and painful condition is a calcaneal or heel spur. This painful condition happens when there is a bony growth on the bottom of the foot. These spurs can be up to a half an inch in length and extend out from the heel of your foot toward your arch. Heel spurs can be hooked, pointy, or even shelf like in appearance. Heel spurs are caused when the soft tissue in your heel becomes worn out, which often occurs from long term ligament and muscle strain. When this happens, you may experience inflammation and sharp severe pain in your heel.
Heel spurs and Plantar Fasciitis are by far the most common causes of heel pain, so if your heels are causing you grief, that’s where you should start.
Other causes of pain in Heel of Foot
If you’ve ever experienced pain in your heel, then you’ve found yourself wondering what you could have possibly done that caused it and how you can avoid it ever happening again. There are many possible causes for your discomfort.
This type of bruise appears on the bottom or side of your heel and is likely caused by a bump or possibly a stone in your shoe. If you see discoloration around the spot that is causing you pain, this could be a pretty fair indication of a bruise.
If you’re suffering from Achilles Tendonitis, it is probably caused by overuse. The Achilles tendon runs from the bottom of your heel and up the back of your calf. When this tendon is overstretched and overworked, it can lead to pain. Inflammation and stiffness along the back of your leg is often the first sign. You’ll notice that this pain becomes worse, the more you exercise. This particular heel pain tends to be most common among athletes as it’s often caused by excessive running and jumping.
Haglund’s Deformity or Pump Bump
This painful condition is usually seen in women who favor their high heel shoes as their daily footwear choice. This deformity is the result of your high heel shoe constantly rubbing the back of your heel, which can start as a callus and then turn into a tender bump on the back of your ankle. If you push on this bump, you might notice a clicking sound.
Having a trapped nerve can also be very painful. This nerve pain is what happens when the nerve in your heel becomes pinched, which can cause pain, tingling, and numbness in your heel area. Trapped nerve pain usually occurs from a sprain, a fracture, or even a varicose (swollen) vein.
This type of heel pain happens when the bursa (sac) that lines your joints and helps the muscles and ligaments move smoothly has become inflamed. Bursitis causes pain on the bottom or side of your heel.
Strains and Sprains
Maybe you’ve wondered if a strain or sprain causes your heel pain. Sometimes telling the difference between the two can be a challenge.
HEEL PAIN TREATMENT
If you have Plantar Fasciitis, the first thing you should do is invest in a high-quality pair of arch support insoles or even heel cups.
How Shapecrunch's Custom Insoles and Sandals provide the best Heel Pain treatment?
Patients who witness pain in the heel of foot are advised to wear custom insoles that are fabricated according to the biomechanics of the individuals.
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Customized Sandals with Arch Support and Heel Cup
Heel cups provide ankle and foot stability, which can help correct the way you walk and also give a little extra grip to your heel.
Arch Support insoles give extra, and much needed support to your entire foot. This support can help relieve sole, arch, and ankle pain by redistributing the pressure in your feet while you walk.
Shapecrunch offers high quality, excellently made heel cups, and custom 3D printed arch support insoles. If you have Plantar Fasciitis, check out what Shapecrunch can do for you and your feet today.
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Heel pain home remedy
Apart from using insoles or customized footwear, the following remedies are useful too
1. Apply ice pack on the back of the heel and all over the heel area.
2. Use essential oils to massage the area - use lavender, coconut, and rosemary oil as it would reduce the pain due to their anti-inflammatory properties
3. Epsom salt (magnesium sulfate) add some Epsom salt in lukewarm water and dip your feet in the water and massage them gently
4. Use apple cider vinegar as it would help to take excessive calcium out of the bones and provide relief to the foot.
Plantar Fascia Stretches
Start by getting into a comfortable seated position. Take your affected foot and slowly bring it up over your opposite knee. Grab the toes of your sore foot and carefully pull them toward yourself. If you find reaching your toes in this position awkward, try grabbing a towel and wrapping it around your big toe to help you complete this exercise. Hold this stretch for 10 seconds and then relax. It’s recommended you repeat these 20 times to get the most out of this stretch.
To do this stretch correctly, you must start by placing yourself at arm’s length from the wall. Stretch both of your arms out in front of you and place your palms against the wall. Stretch one leg behind you, keeping your heel firmly on the ground. Bend your other leg at the knee in front of you. This exercise, although beneficial, can be uncomfortable in the beginning. Try not to push yourself too
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