What is Heel Pain?

One of the most common problems for patients with foot and ankle disorders is heel pain. The pain usually originates from a spot under the foot known as plantar surface or from the back of the heel. Heel pain is a painful disorder but the conditions don’t render the patient disabled or cause them severe pain. They hurt enough to limit daily activities like walking, standing or running. Heel pain treatments take a lot of time and effort to fix so it’s best to catch them early on.

Heel Pain Causes

There are two main causes for heel pain which are plantar fasciitis which occurs at the bottom of the heel and Achilles tendinitis which occurs at the back of the heel. The other causes for heel pain include:

  • Plantar fasciitis.
  • Sprains and strains.
  • Fracture.
  • Achilles tendinitis.
  • Bursitis.
  • Ankylosing spondylitis.
  • Osteochondroses.
  • Reactive arthritis.

Heel Pain Symptoms

Symptoms can lead to more damages if left unchecked. So if you develop any of these symptoms you should go see a doctor right away.

  • Pain and stiffness in the back of the ankle.
  • Mild swelling of the tendon.
  • Chronic tendinitis.
  • In severe cases, the tendon may rupture.


Dr. Jones Hormozi is a Board Certified Podiatrist in Los Angeles. Dr. Hormozi is known for treating sports injuries in patients of all ages. He has treated and operated on professional athletes, semi professional athletes, college athletes and high school athletes. Dr. Hormozi is also Clinical Assistant Professor of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery at Western University of Health Sciences.

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