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Heel Pain – Causes, Treatment, Prevention

heel pain

Keeping your feet healthy is quite literally the foundation of mobility. Suffering from foot pain makes it extremely difficult to get around. The simple act of walking is so painful and this is discouraging.  Heel pain can have different causes. These commonly include plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis, bursitis, sprains, strains, fractures, and arthritis. Read on to learn more about the causes, treatment, and prevention of heel pain.

Your foot and ankle consist of 26 bones, 33 joints, and over 100 tendons. The heel is the largest bone in your foot. If you injure your heel, you are quite possibly experiencing heel pain. It can range from mild to completely disabling. If you are experiencing a medical emergency consult a doctor or podiatrist as soon as possible to diagnose the cause. Especially if home remedies are not helping ease the pain.

Common Causes of Heel Pain:

There are several different conditions that result in heel pain. Here are some of the most common:

Plantar Fasciitis

This is a condition that is also referred to as heel spur syndrome when a bone spur is present. Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain. It occurs when the thick band of tissue that runs across the bottom of your foot and connects your heel bone to your toes (plantar fascia) has inflammation. Commonly, the pain is stabbing and usually occurs with your first steps in the morning. As you get up and stretch or move, the pain normally decreases. However, it may return after periods of walking or standing or when you get up after resting. The pain is usually worse after exercise, not during it.

Plantar fasciitis is common in runners. People who are overweight and those who wear shoes with poor support also have a risk of this painful condition. 

Achilles Tendinitis 

This is a common condition that occurs when the large tendon that runs down the back of your calf becomes irritated and inflamed. The Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in your body. It connects your calf muscles to your heel bone. When you walk, run, climb stairs, jump, and stand on your tiptoes you are using this tendon. While your Achilles tendon can withstand a great deal of stress from running and jumping, it is also prone to tendinitis. This inflammation may occur with overuse and degeneration. 

Heel Bursitis 

This an inflammation of the bursa (a fluid-filled fibrous sac) under and around the heel bone. This occurs when the pain is typically felt in the center or the back of the heel where the Achilles tendon connects to the heel bone. Bursitis tends to significantly worsen throughout the day. A bursa acts as a cushion and lubricant between tendons or muscles sliding over bone. There are bursas around most large joints in the body, including the ankle. Overuse of the ankle may cause inflammation and irritation of this bursa. It may be from suddenly increasing your activity level without conditioning properly. It may also occur from arthritis or if you have a history of inflammatory issues. 

Arthritis

 If you live with arthritis, chances are you feel the painful effects in your feet. Osteoarthritis (OA), the most common type of arthritis, affects the feet of 20 percent of people over the age of 50. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is the most common type of inflammatory arthritis. Over 90 percent of RA sufferers develop symptoms in the foot and ankle over the course of the disease. In many RA cases, foot and ankle symptoms are even among the first signs of the disease.

Heel pain may also be due to a stress fracture, bone spur, nerve irritation, or even a cyst. 

Relief for Heel Pain

  • Rest and elevate the foot as much as possible.
  • Your doctor may suggest you use a 3/8″ or 1/2″ heel insert in your shoe.
  • Stretch your Achilles tendon by leaning forward against a wall with your foot flat on the floor and heel elevated with the insert.
  • The use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain and swelling may temporarily bring fast relief.
  • Place an ice pack twice a day for 15-20 minutes on the back of the heel to reduce inflammation.
  • Wear comfortable shoes that fit properly.
  • Wear a night splint, a special device that stretches the foot while you sleep.
  • Using a joint pain cream like Flexcin’s Motion Lotion can bring relief.
  • Your doctor may also recommend low impact exercises near the affected area of your foot.
  • Surgery is rarely necessary, but maybe a treatment option if the symptoms are leading to a deformity. 
  • Taking an effective joint supplement can help heal the joint and reduce heel pain.

Joint supplements can help to increase joint mobility, reduce inflammation, support cartilage repair, decrease stiffness, and stimulate lubricating fluids in the joints. 

How Flexcin May Help 

With powerful ingredients like cetyl myristoleate (CM8) and more traditional anti-inflammation ingredients like glucosamine, MSM, bromelain, and Collagen, Flexcin is an effective supplement that may help with mobility, inflammation, and prevent further issues with foot and heel pain. Flexcin Motion Lotion is a topical cream that may also be safely used to provide relief for symptoms of inflammation due to heel pain.

At Flexcin we have been making all-natural joint care supplements since the year 2000, and have helped thousands of people find an alternative relief to their joint issues. We provide US-made supplements with powerful ingredients used as alternatives to decreasing swelling and rebuilding damaged tissue. And, we offer it at a no-risk 90-day trial. If you try Flexcin and are unsatisfied with the results after taking it for three months, simply return the empty bottles for a full refund less shipping and handling.

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