Causes of Heel Pain, Symptoms and Treatment



Causes of Heel Pain

Heel pain may be due to many causes, such as: stress fracture, tendonitis, arthritis, systemic arthritis, neuritis (nerve irritation), skin pathology (callus, Porokeratosis), or bone tumors . Heel pain is most often caused by plantar fasciitis, a condition that is sometimes also called heel spur syndrome (image).  Because there are several potential causes of heel pain, it is important to seek medical attention to properly be diagnosed. A foot and ankle specialist is able to determine the cause of your symptoms.

What are Some Causes of Heel Pain


What are Some Symptoms of heel pain

  • Heel pain in morning (post static dyskinesia)
  • Pain after activities or walking
  • Deep pain
  • Achy pain
  • Sharp pain
  • Shooting pain



Imaging modalities to evaluate heel pain can include:

  • X-rays
  • MRI
  • Ultrasound
  • Bone scan


What are Some Conservative Treatment of Heel Pain

This all depends on the cause of the heel pain. A foot and ankle specialist will determine the cause of the heel pain. The treatment plan may include:

  • Stretching shopping cart
  • Night splint shopping cart
  • Padding and strapping shopping cart
  • Orthotics (shoe inserts) shopping cart
  • Supportive shoe gear
  • Braces shopping cart
  • Walking boots shopping cart
  • Topical Creams shopping cart
  • Injections
  • Physical therapy
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Topical pain relieving gel Abductor hallucis muscle strain


Surgical Treatment

Surgical intervention is recommended if a patient has failed conservative treatment options.  The specific type of surgical intervention depends on clinical findings of your condition.