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Causes of Heel Pain

One of the most common symptoms of a potential problem is heel pain. The thing with heel pain though is that it could be caused by a broad range of issues.

Because the exact cause of heel pain can sometimes be difficult to determine, an examination by one of our podiatrists here at the Foot & Ankle Surgery of New Braunfels in New Braunfels, TX, is crucial. Dr. Sarah James or Dr. Brandon James can recommend the appropriate treatment for your pain after a thorough evaluation of your condition. With this in mind, here are the most common heel pain causes:

Plantar Fasciitis

This condition occurs when the fibrous tissue band on the foot’s supportive arch, called the plantar fascia, becomes painfully inflamed due to overstretching or overloading. This results in tiny tears of the fascia’s fibers, specifically where your heel bone meets the fascia.

A Compressed Nerve

A compressed or trapped nerve could lead to heel pain, tingling, and/or numbness. In most instances, this compression is linked to a swollen vein, fracture, or sprain close to or on the heel.

Heel Spur

This is basically an irregular bone growth in the area where your heel bone attaches to your plantar fascia. It’s usually a result of long-term foot muscles and plantar fascia strain, particularly in joggers, runners, and overweight individuals. Worn out, poorly constructed, or ill-fitting footwear can all worsen the problem as well.

Achilles Tendinitis

This condition develops when the Achilles tendon is painfully swollen due to overuse injuries. But it could likewise be triggered by poorly fitted shoes when a shoe’s back portion digs into the back of your heel, which is where your Achilles tendon is located.


Essentially, bursitis occurs when the bursa is inflamed. The bursa is a sac that cushions plenty of your joints and enables your muscles and tendons to move more easily whenever you move your joints. This is typically caused by structural foot problems that cause abnormal gait and wearing inadequately cushioned footwear.

Make sure to see your podiatrist in New Braunfels, TX, if you’re experiencing significant heel pain that worsens even with home remedies. After all, the earlier you obtain a diagnosis, the earlier you can find relief for your heel pain.

Banish Heel Pain Now

Contact the Foot & Ankle Surgery of New Braunfels in New Braunfels, TX, now by calling (830) 387-4427 to book your appointment with one of our podiatrists, Dr. Sarah James or Dr. Brandon James.

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