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Heel pain is one of the most common issues treated by podiatrists. While about 7% of adults over the age of 65 experience some form of heel pain, it can affect individuals of all ages. There are many possible causes for heel pain. Plantar fasciitis, an overuse injury of the ligament that runs along the bottom of the foot, is on of the the most common causes. Other reasons heel pain may occur can include an Achilles tendon injury, stress fracture, bursitis, or bruises to the bone and heel pad. Infections, though rare, can also occur in the heel bone, as can various nerve disorders. Heel pain can be associated with systemic diseases, such as diabetes or arthritis. Regardless of the cause of your heel pain, a podiatrist can diagnose the problem and find the right treatment for you. If you are experiencing heel pain, please seek the care of a podiatrist.

Many people suffer from bouts of heel pain. For more information, contact Anthony Ricciardi Jr., DPM of Foot & Ankle Specialists of Nevada. Our Doctor 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 Las Vegas, Nevada . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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