Heel pain is a commonly presenting pathology for a Podiatrist. While there are many things that can cause heel pain, below are some of the common causes
Plantar Fasciitis/Fasciosis is a common complaint that Podiatrists treat. This condition affects the Plantar Fascia, a band that connects the heel to the ball of your foot. It presents with a sharp pain in the underneath of your heel and along the arch, most commonly in the first steps after resting or sleeping. Plantar fasciitis can affect one or both feet.
Heel Spurs are bony growth of the heel bone. Heel spurs are common either under or behind the heels. In some cases they cause pain, but there is rarely any visible features. A high proportion of people have heels spurs without any symptoms.
Heel cracks, or fissures, occur frequently and are often quite painful. Heel cracks occur when the skin is unable to stretch and rebound from an applied force, such as walking. Heel cracks are often made worse by dry skin, not wearing socks or hosiery, and open footwear such as thongs. Heel cracks can result in further complications, such as infection.