When it’s not plantar fasciitis: What are other heel pain causes?

February 17, 2011 at 9:03 am in Healthy Living by VN Editors

There’s no doubt that plantar fasciitis is the most common condition that causes heel pain. If the first step you take in the morning is intensely painful, you may as well start looking for foot pain relief using plantar fasciitis treatments.

The pain has been described as feeling like a stone bruise, a sharp dagger, deep throbbing or a dull ache. Plantar fasciitis is the tearing, inflammation and degeneration of the plantar fascia, the long ligament in the bottom of the foot. Small micro tears within the plantar fascia, causing inflammation and pain at the inside of the heel where the plantar fascia inserts on the heel bone.

Whether you need plantar fasciitis treatment or some other kind of foot pain relief, the first step is getting an accurate diagnosis. Beyond plantar fasciitis, here are some other heel pain causes:

  • Heel spur
    A heel spur is a A hard bony shelf as wide as the width of the heel bone caused by repeated pulling away of periosteum from the heel bone (calcaneous). The repeated stress or injury causes inflammation and calcification of tendons and ligaments in the foot.
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome (TTS)
    Women with TTS usually suffer from numbness in the foot, radiating to the big toe and the first 3 toes, pain, burning, electrical sensations, and tingling over the base of the foot and the heel. It’s caused by compression of the tibial nerve within the tarsal tunnel.
  • Stress fractures
    Stress fractures are tiny cracks in a bone. Stress fractures of the calcaneus are an uncommon cause of heel pain and often occur in athletes such as long distance runners who have heel pain.
  • Posterior heel pain
    Posterior heel pain is caused by abnormal tilting of the heel. It can be caused by achilles tendonitis (inflammation of the tendon in the back of the ankle), retrocalcaneal bursitis (irritated or inflamed bursa), or calcaneal (Heel Bone) spur.

Do you need foot pain relief right now? Discover some simple, effective and affordable plantar fasciitis treatments for foot pain relief in our free report: 5 Quick Fixes for Immediate Foot Pain Relief.

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