The heel is the largest bone in your foot, and it helps to create the structure that allows for the formation of the arch. The muscles and connecting ligaments on each side of the heel bone will enable you to move your big and pinky toes. Several causes of heel pain are overuse injuries, diseases, and fractures. A broken heel bone can be especially painful and debilitating. See your foot doctor for the proper care.
Some of the more common causes of severe heel pain include the following:
- Achilles tendinitis, tear, or rupture—The Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in your body. It creates the connection between your heel bone and your calf muscle, making it possible for you to move your foot. It attaches to the back of the heel at an insertion point. This location is often the site of severe heel pain. Surgery may be required to reattach the Achilles tendon if it tears or completely ruptures.
- Plantar fasciitis—This common cause of heel pain first affects the band of fibrous tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot (the plantar fascia that forms your arch). Inflammation and irritation of this arch tissue can cause radiating problems in the heel and contribute to the formation of heel spurs.
- A Haglund’s deformity—This anomaly is known as “pump bump” because of its association with tight-fitting, high-heeled shoes. It grows on the heel in response to the pressure.
If you are experiencing severe heel pain, see your foot doctor right away for relief. Call Syracuse Podiatry, located in East Syracuse, New York. Dr. Ryan L. D’Amico, and Dr. Donal M. Erickson, and their staff will help you diagnose and treat your foot or ankle condition. Call 315-446-3668 or make an appointment online today.