The Myths of Heel Pain

When it comes to heel pain, there is a lot to know, but there is also a lot of false information out there. Let’s take a look at some common myths of heel pain so you can make the best decisions for your feet.

Myth: Pain in my heel means something is wrong with my heel.

Truth: Not always. Some heel injuries (such as a bruised heel) or conditions (such as heel spurs) will present with pain in the heel. But pain is often felt away from the direct cause. For example, if the plantar fascia that holds up your arch becomes damaged, it may manifest as heel pain. 

Myth: I only feel heel pain sometimes so I don’t need to worry about it yet or talk to my provider.

Truth: Pain is NEVER normal. Whether it’s only with your first steps upon waking up or almost constant, you need to see a podiatrist for heel pain. Pain could be a symptom of any number of underlying conditions which will need to be corrected.

Myth: I did something wrong and that caused my heel pain.

Truth: Could be, but not always. If you feel heel pain the day after wearing your least-supportive shoes, it may be a direct result. But some causes of heel pain, such as plantar fasciitis, involve factors outside our control, such as foot shape and mechanics that contribute to pressure during daily wear and tear.

Myth: My heels hurt, so I will have to stop doing my favorite activities.

Truth: Depending on the cause of your heel pain, it may be good to take a break from high-impact activities. But with proper treatment, stretching, and modifications (such as exercising on softer surfaces) you can keep up with many sports and active hobbies.

Myth: My heel pain will require intense treatment or surgery.

Truth: Again, this all depends on the cause of your heel pain, but many conditions that cause pain in the heel can be treated with conservative treatment methods such as orthotics, injections, laser therapy, and more.

Myth: Heel pain always means plantar fasciitis.

Truth: While plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain, it is not the only one. Other common conditions that cause heel pain can include Achilles tendonitis, bursitis, arthritis, and stress fractures.

Myth: I’ll just wear better shoes and my pain will go away.

Truth: Shoe choice is only one factor in keeping up the health of your feet and heels. Other conditions such as having flat feet or high arches can also contribute to heel pain. It’s important to explore and treat all underlying causes, not just your shoes.

Call for an appointment today so you can discuss your heel pain with an FAAWC provider. We will evaluate and diagnose your pain, then put a plan of treatment in place to get you living pain-free once more. Call today 740.363.4373

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