The common reasons your heels hurt and how to fix them

The common reasons your heels hurt and how to fix them

Posted 25 Aug

The fatty tissue that makes up your heel may seem pretty idle, but it has a vital role to play. It dictates the structure of your foot, manages weight distribution and balances your gait. So, if you’re experiencing heel pain it can make a big difference to how you go about your day.

Unlike other foot and ankle issues, heel pain can be caused by a wide range of different conditions or injuries. In this article, we’ll give you more info on the different causes of heel pain and potential treatments. Giving you a better understanding of what might be contributing to your heel pain and the power to do something about it. 

So, what causes your heel pain? There are two core groups of causes: internal and external. This relates to whether the ‘problem’ is something on the surface of your skin (a dermatological issue) or whether it is something related to your muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints, bones, nerves or blood vessels. Below we have a description of each cause, and these should help you to self diagnose to some degree, but it’s always best to get a professional assessment from a registered practitioner or podiatrist.

Internal 

External 

How to fix your heel pain?

Just like the causes, we’re going to split the treatments into external and internal. This will allow you to explore the different options you have to solve your heel pain. Helping you to decide whether you can manage them yourself or you need help from a health practitioner. 

Internal 

As you can see above, the majority of internal pain is caused by soft tissue or bone injury. These issues usually require some physical therapy or a more hands-on approach. Some common treatments may include: 

However, if you are experiencing any issues it’s always best to consult a podiatrist who will be able to advise you on the best treatment for your internal heel pain. 

External

Some of the external sources can be rectified at home or with one-off treatments, but the majority require

Ongoing maintenance unless the root cause of the issue is resolved. Here are a selection of treatments to manage or rectify your externally sourced heel pain: 

Again, if your symptoms are becoming increasingly severe or painful please consult a podiatrist to get further advice. 

We hope this article has given you some insight into the reasons your heels hurt and how to fix them. For more information on causes of heel and other types of foot pain, check out our blog. Or, if you’d like to book an appointment with one of our podiatrists, get in touch with us today. 


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