Heel Pain and Foot Problems

Diagnosis, Causes and Treatment

What is Heel Pain?

Heel pain is a common foot complaint stemming from various causes, including obesity, ill-fitting shoes, running on hard surfaces, abnormal walking styles, injuries, and certain medical conditions.

Who is at Risk?

Individuals at increased risk of experiencing foot pain include middle-aged adults, physically active people, those overweight or obese, individuals standing or walking for extended periods, children aged 8 to 13, and pregnant women.


Heel pain can be caused by factors such as abnormal gait, obesity, poorly fitting shoes, activities like running or jumping on hard surfaces, heel injuries like stress fractures, bursitis, neuroma, and certain medical conditions like diabetes and arthritis.


Heel pain may lead to complications such as plantar fasciitis, characterized by inflammation of the ligament running along the sole of the foot, and heel spurs, which are bony growths that may develop due to chronic inflammation.

Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis involves inflammation of the connective tissue band along the sole of the foot, often caused by overstretching. It results in pain under the heel, particularly after periods of rest, and may be associated with heel spurs.

Plantar fasciitis 3D medical illustration anatomy. Online physio has been suggested to improve plantar fascia pain.

Heel Spurs

Heel spurs, often linked to abnormal walking styles, can develop due to chronic inflammation of the plantar fascia, leading to the formation of bony growths. While these spurs may not directly cause pain, inflammation in the area can result in discomfort.

Heel spurs, heel pain

Sever’s Disease

Common among children aged 8 to 16, Sever’s disease occurs due to stress on the growth plate of the heel bone from excessive running or jumping. Treatment typically involves rest, ice, stretching, and heel lifts.

Sever's Disease, heel pain

How to Diagnose Heel Pain

Diagnosis of heel pain involves a medical history review, physical examination, and possibly X-rays to determine the underlying cause.

Take the First Step Towards Relief!


Preventive measures for heel pain include wearing properly fitting shoes with shock-absorbent soles, warming up and cooling down during exercise, utilizing supportive orthoses, and seeking professional guidance from podiatrists.

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