Holland swimmer Claire Cebelak had allegedly endured the whole swimming season with a foot disorder, unaware that she had Plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is one of the more common heel pain ailments, and Cebelak had supposedly been swimming with inflamed feet and heels. However, that has not stopped Cebelak. She is in her fourth year of college, and has won the 200 and 500-yard freestyle events at the OK Green Conference championship, qualifying as a contender in the Division 2 state meet.
Anyone can wind up suffering from heel pain. If your heel is hurting, see one of our podiatrists of Wayne Foot and Ankle Center, P.A. Our doctor will treat your heel pain symptoms in addition to other podiatric-related needs.
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 thing of the past.
With the advancements in technology and greater knowledge of how muscles and joints work, physical therapists can turn things around dramatically.