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Footwear’s Effect on Heel Pain

Monday, 21 January 2019 00:00

Heel pain is one of the most common problems causing patients to seek help from a podiatrist. Heel pain is oftentimes a result of footwear, especially exercise footwear. Proper support is vital to the well-being of your foot. Footwear that doesn't properly fit your needs can lead to swelling, redness, and bruising. These symptoms could be a result of various conditions that affect the heel; after a full exam and x-ray, a podiatrist has the ability to determine which particular ailment is the source. If there is no bruising, but there is still pain at the back of the heel then this may be a stress fracture. Based on the diagnosis, new shoes may be a simple solution. Usually, shoes with better support are recommended to alleviate some of the previously mentioned symptoms. If you are affected by similar symptoms, it is a good idea to reach out to a podiatrist to help find a solution to your heel pain.


Many people suffer from bouts of heel pain. For more information, contact Dr. Morris Stribling of Foot Care of Central San Antonio. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Causes of Heel Pain

Heel pain is often associated with plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a band of tissues that extends along the bottom of the foot. A rip or tear in this ligament can cause inflammation of the tissue.

Achilles tendonitis is another cause of heel pain. Inflammation of the Achilles tendon will cause pain from fractures and muscle tearing. Lack of flexibility is also another symptom.

Heel spurs are another cause of pain. When the tissues of the plantar fascia undergo a great deal of stress, it can lead to ligament separation from the heel bone, causing heel spurs.

Why Might Heel Pain Occur?

  • Wearing ill-fitting shoes                  
  • Wearing non-supportive shoes
  • Weight change           
  • Excessive running


Heel pain should be treated as soon as possible for immediate results. Keeping your feet in a stress-free environment will help. If you suffer from Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis, applying ice will reduce the swelling. Stretching before an exercise like running will help the muscles. Using all these tips will help make heel pain a condition of the past.

If you have any questions please contact our office located in Central San Antonio, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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