Heel Pain

What is Heel Pain?

Heel pain is a common foot problem that can affect the underside or back of the heel. It can be caused by various conditions such as plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis, or heel spurs. Heel pain can range from mild discomfort to severe pain that interferes with daily activities.

What are Common Symptoms of Heel Pain?

  • Pain under the heel
  • Pain at the back of the heel
  • Swelling around the heel
  • Pain that worsens with activity
  • Stiffness in the heel


Heel pain can be caused by a variety of factors including overuse, injuries, and underlying conditions. Common causes include plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis, heel spurs, and bursitis. Poor footwear, abnormal walking patterns, and excessive physical activity can also contribute to heel pain.

Treatment for heel pain often involves a combination of rest, ice, and over-the-counter pain relievers. Stretching exercises, physical therapy, and orthotic devices may also be recommended. In some cases, surgery or other alternative forms of treatment may be offered to alleviate severe pain.

In some cases, heel pain can indicate a more serious underlying condition such as a stress fracture, infection, or arthritis. If you experience persistent or severe pain, it is important to seek medical evaluation to rule out these conditions.

You should see a podiatrist if your heel pain persists despite home treatment, if the pain is severe or worsening, or if you experience swelling, redness, or difficulty walking. A podiatrist can diagnose the underlying cause of your heel pain and recommend an appropriate treatment plan to help you find relief.