Understanding Heel Pain

In recent years, our Twin Falls, ID community has seen quite an uptick in regards to economic development. There is a variety of reasons behind this, including the opening of the Chobani yogurt plant, hosting the 2012 Idaho Republican Party, and increased population growth (not to mention the regular tourist draw of pristine natural beauty and outdoor recreation). In the same way that many different factors can be responsible for economic growth, many varying factors might be responsible for heel pain, too.Heel Pain

There are various potential causes of painful heels, including:

  • Plantar Fasciitis – The most common cause of heel pain for adults, this condition is caused by a torn, inflamed band of tissue running along the bottom of the foot. This tissue is the plantar fascia and when subjected to excessive tension, often from overuse, it develops tiny tears. The primary symptom is sharp, stabbing pain under your heel that accompanies the first steps of the day.
  • Sever’s Disease – When it comes to younger patients, this is a frequent explanation behind pain in the heel area. In spite of the name, it’s not actually a disease, but rather a condition that develops on account of differences in the development process between the calcaneus (heel bone) and the connecting tissues (particularly the Achilles tendon).
  • Achilles Tendinitis – The importance of the Achilles tendon for mobility and independence cannot be overstated. This tendon is responsible for moving the foot up and down, which happens with every step that is taken. When subjected to overuse or sudden, intense activity, it can create pain down in the heel area.

A good thing about these, and most other, causes of painful heels is that they are often treated successfully with the use of conservative, nonsurgical care. Of course, it is important to have them addressed at an early stage to prevent the possibility of the condition worsening.

Perhaps the most important thing to understand about heel pain is that it is not normal or “just a part of life.” Our professionals here at Advanced Foot and Ankle will determine the root cause of the problem and then provide the effective treatment that you need to get better. Contact our Twins Fall, ID office by calling (208) 731-6321 or our Burley office at (208) 312-4646. You can also use our online form to schedule your appointment at either location today.

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