Why do your heels hurt?

If you’re suffering from heel pain, it is important to get an accurate diagnosis so that the appropriate treatment can begin. For severe heel pain after an injury, seek emergency care to determine if you could have a broken bone. For chronic pain, request a physician referral to an orthopedic specialist , who can determine the cause of your discomfort. Here is a look at some of the most common causes of heel pain.

Plantar fasciitis
Plantar fasciitis refers to inflammation of the plantar fascia, a ligament that runs from your heel bone to your toes. As stated in the video, this is the most common cause of foot pain. It generally appears in middle-aged people, but young people can develop it as well, particularly if they spend a lot of time on their feet.

The symptoms you may experience with plantar fasciitis include:

  • Pain that is worse when you get out of bed and improves when you take a few steps
  • Pain that gets worse as the day goes on
  • Pain that intensifies when you climb stairs or stand for an extended period

Tarsal tunnel syndrome
Tarsal tunnel syndrome is similar to carpal tunnel syndrome, except it affects your heel and ankle instead of your wrist. With this condition, the tarsal nerve that runs down the back of your leg into your ankle gets entrapped or pinched. This may occur after you injure your ankle or as the result of tendon inflammation or a mast or cyst in the ankle.

With tarsal tunnel syndrome, you may experience:

  • Numbness and tingling in the foot sole or arch
  • Pain in your heel and ankle
  • Weakness in your heel and ankle

Bursitis
Bursitis occurs when the bursae that cushion the bones and tendons around joints become inflamed. It can be caused by repetitive motions as well as rheumatoid arthritis, gout, and an infection.

If you have bursitis, you will have:

  • Pain that gets worse when you put pressure on your heel
  • Swelling and redness in your heel

Visit Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center for emergency care for an acute heel injury to prevent exacerbating the condition. You can also contact us for a physician referral in Las Vegas to a provider who is part of our health care system. Call us at (702) 233-5300 to learn more.

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