Why Does My Heel or Arch Hurt?
Unfortunately, there is no quick answer to this question. Heel discomfort is a very common complaint and there are lots of potential causes. The pain you feel could vary from throbbing to debilitating depending on the root cause of your heel and arch pain.
The two most common problems are:
- Plantar Fasciitis - This is when the thick band of tissue that connects the heel bone to the toes becomes inflamed.
- Achilles Tendonitis - This is when the tendon that connects the calf muscle to the heel bone gets injured.
Other, less common, issues include:
- Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
- Stress Fracture
- Heel Pad Bruise
- Fat Pad Atrophy
- Heel Pad Syndrome
- Haglund’s Syndrome
- Sinus Tarsi Syndrome
Prevention and Treatment
To prevent these conditions, try to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Always stretch before doing physical activities, and listen to your body. Your body will let you know if you’re reaching the breaking point. Pay attention and ease off if you feel like you might be going a little too hard.
Also, make sure to wear comfortable shoes. Wearing ill-fitting shoes for the sake of the look means more sacrifice than you may realize. Sure, you’ll deal with foot pain the day of, but you can really damage the arch of your foot due to poor support.
If you are experiencing pain in your heel or arch of your foot then you might be able to decrease the pain by doing the RICE technique.
- Rest - Give your foot a break. Take a break from your crazy life and let your body have a chance to mend.
- Ice - Getting ice on an injury will help to reduce swelling.
- Compression - This will also help to keep down the swelling and give your foot extra support.
- Elevate - By elevating your foot you are forced to rest it and it helps to reduce swelling.
If you are experiencing consistent heel or arch pain, please come in and visit with one of our specialists. They will be able to help you figure out the root cause of your pain and will help you treat the problem.