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Tuesday, 16 April 2024 00:00

Athlete Heel Pain

Athletes often experience heel pain due to the intense and repetitive stress placed on their feet during training. One common heel pain problem is plantar fasciitis, which is inflammation of the band of tissue running along the bottom of the foot. Another is Achilles tendonitis, which involves inflammation of the tendon that connects the calf muscles to the heel. These conditions can result from overuse, inadequate footwear, or improper training techniques. While most athletes respond well to conservative treatments like rest, stretches, and orthotics, there are times when these measures do not provide sufficient relief. In such cases, a podiatrist may suggest surgery as a last resort. Many factors go into deciding whether surgery is the best option, such as weighing the athlete's condition severity, pain levels, and impact on their performance and quality of life. If you are an athlete struggling with heel pain, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist for a personalized treatment plan. 

Many people suffer from bouts of heel pain. For more information, contact one of our doctors of Godoy Foot and Ankle Center. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Causes of Heel Pain

Heel pain is often associated with plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a band of tissues that extends along the bottom of the foot. A rip or tear in this ligament can cause inflammation of the tissue.

Achilles tendonitis is another cause of heel pain. Inflammation of the Achilles tendon will cause pain from fractures and muscle tearing. Lack of flexibility is also another symptom.

Heel spurs are another cause of pain. When the tissues of the plantar fascia undergo a great deal of stress, it can lead to ligament separation from the heel bone, causing heel spurs.

Why Might Heel Pain Occur?

  • Wearing ill-fitting shoes                  
  • Wearing non-supportive shoes
  • Weight change           
  • Excessive running


Heel pain should be treated as soon as possible for immediate results. Keeping your feet in a stress-free environment will help. If you suffer from Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis, applying ice will reduce the swelling. Stretching before an exercise like running will help the muscles. Using all these tips will help make heel pain a condition of the past.

If you have any questions please contact our office located in Wayne, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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