Why won’t my heel pain go away?

heel painIf your heel makes you holler in pain with every step, clearly daily activities can be hindered, much less any sports or hobbies you enjoy. Knowing what’s behind your hurting heel is key to treating the problem and easing discomfort. Though there are many culprits, the most common causes of persistent heel pain result from overuse.

Stress placed on your feet over and over again, such as in the case of activities that involve a lot of running and jumping, can lead to tiny tears in the plantar fascia – the band of tissues beneath your foot that connects your toes to your heel. This causes the band to become irritated and inflamed resulting in persistent heel pain, especially with the first steps in the morning.

Achilles tendinitis is another common overuse injury that results in heel pain that won’t go away. Your Achilles tendon attaches to your heel bone, so when the tendon is tight or becomes inflamed from repeated stress, guess what hurts – your heel! 

Rest, ice, stretches, and orthotics can all help. Call us to find out more by dialing (303) 805-5156. 

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