Why do I have a sharp, stabbing pain in my heel?

Pain from high heelsSharp, stabbing heel pain can be caused by a number of different conditions, but the most common one is plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is a problem with the ligament that attaches to the bottom of your heel and runs the length of your sole. Too much pressure, overuse, and hard impacts over time can overstretch and damage the ligament. It becomes irritated, swollen, and tightened. As a result, when you take a step, you make the damage worse. You’re left with a sharp, stabbing pain in your heel—particularly first thing in the morning, or after you’ve been on your feet for a while.

Plantar fasciitis, like other heel pain culprits, doesn’t get better on its own. You’ll need to intervene with active treatments to help alleviate the irritation, swelling, and tightening so the damage to the ligament can heal. Let our team at Podiatry Associates, P.C. help you take care of your lower limb health, particularly for heel pain. Contact our offices in Castle Pines, Cherry Creek, and Parker, CO, through our website or by calling (303) 805-5156 for more information or an appointment.

Dr. Cynthia Oberholtzer-Classen, DPM
Founder and Owner of Podiatry Associates, PC