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Causes of Heel Pain

By Dr. Jason Gold, DPM, FACFAS | Dr. Jodi Schoenhaus DPM, RPhs, FACFAS

Heel pain often causes extreme foot pain, especially in the morning when you first attempt to step out of bed. This burst of discomfort can really set your day out on the wrong ‘foot,’ but it doesn’t have to. Understanding the cause of your heel pain is the first step to obtaining treatment to relieve the discomfort.

Why Heel Pain?

A large proportion of our body weight sits on our heels while we are standing or walking. Improper footwear and occupations that have you standing on hard surfaces for extended periods of time could cause extra stress on your heels.

There are 26 bones in your foot, and the heel bone or calcaneus is the largest of them all. Our heels are designed to absorb our body pressure as we walk and run, which makes it the most susceptible to damage—and makes it an important consideration when purchasing shoes!

Treatment for Heel Pain

The specific cause of your heel pain will be determined by your podiatrist. Heel spurs and plantar fasciitis are two common causes of foot pain, and each requires different forms of treatment. The treatment of your heel pain will be determined based upon factors such as the intensity of the pain, the specific placement of the pain, and whether it is chronic or a new injury. An x-ray examination is often recommended to help determine the cause of heel pain and the best treatment options.

Prevention of Heel Pain

While it is not always possible to prevent an injury, you can do your best to limit the discomfort that you are experiencing or prevent further injury.

  • Invest in a pair of proper shoes that help dissipate the impact on your heels as you walk.
  • When you are home, don’t walk around barefoot on the cold tile. Instead, wear sandals or slippers that offer cushioning to your heel.
  • If you are standing for long periods, try to change the way that you position your weight to provide relief from your heels every once in a while.

Dr. Jason Gold, DPM, FACFAS

Known for his expertise in thorough diagnostic testing and a steady surgical hand, Jason M. Gold, DPM, is a leader in modern foot and ankle care and sports medicine. He’s one of a handful of doctors who’s board certified in foot and ankle surgery in Palm Beach County. Dr. Jason Gold cares for patients at Foot, Ankle & Leg Vein Center, a state-of-the-art practice with locations in Boca Raton and Boynton, Florida.

Dr. Jodi Schoenhaus , DPM - Podiatrist in Boca Raton, FL

Dr. Jodi Schoenhaus DPM, RPhs, FACFAS

Dr. Jodi Schoenhaus is a foot, ankle, and leg vein specialist practicing in South Florida. She is considered a leader and innovator for various procedures in her field, including fat pad and vein care. Dr. Schoenhaus grew up in southern New Jersey and she considers herself a true Philly girl. After graduating from the University of Michigan, having studied kinesiology and human movement, she went to Temple University in Philadelphia where she got her doctorate.

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