Heel Pain: Causes and How to Ease It - PIH Health

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Published on September 26, 2017

Heel Pain

Woman with heel pain

Woman with heel painPlantar Fasciitis is a common cause of heel pain. The condition occurs when the ligament that runs from the ball of the foot through the arch and is attached to the heel becomes aggravated. Women get plantar fasciitis more frequently than men, and your risk increases if you are overweight, as you age, and if you are on your feet for long periods. Plantar fasciitis can also be caused by wearing worn-out shoes, flat feet, or high-heeled shoes, tight Achilles tendons or unusual gaits.

To help ease heel pain, Ken Nguyen DPM, a podiatrist at PIH health suggests:

  • Rest
  • Ice
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Stretching and exercise
  • Athletic tape to support your foot
  • Orthotic arch supports

If pain persists, see a doctor.

The information in Healthy Living Online is for educational purposes only.  It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice.  The reader should always consult his or her healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation, or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan.

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