Why Do My Heels Hurt?


Why Do My Heels Hurt? There are 3 major causes of heel pain. The most common is inflammation of the foot ligaments. But this is very treatable!

 

Diagnosis requires asking a couple questions:

 

Why Do My Heels Hurt?
Why Do My Heels Hurt? They can hurt for a variety of reasons, answer the questions below and get your answer!

Question #1) Do Your Heels Hurt In The Morning?

  • If No: Jump to Question #2.
  • If Yes: Continue reading.


If you do have morning foot pain consider:

 

Plantar Fasciitis:

Pain that is worst after resting, sitting or sleeping is always due to inflammation:

  • Inflammation is your body trying to remodel itself or protect itself.
  • It is triggered due to overuse or too much stress on your muscles in this case.
  • The ligaments on your foot can become tight & painful after a full day off walking.
  • Then as you rest or go to bed, your body tries to remodel them.
  • This pain usually takes years to get to the point where it causes severe pain.
  • It can even cause a heel spur to form on your foot!

How Common Is Plantar Fascia Heel Pain?

  • This is the most common source of heel pain in the world.
  • 15% of people around the world suffer from this medical problem.
  • That means almost 1 billion people in the world will have this.
  • This pain is due to inability to heal the strained ligaments across the bottom of the foot.

 

Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis:

  • Heel pain after resting .

  • Heel pain after sitting.

  • Heel pain after sleeping.

  • Pain gets better after walking around for 15-20 minutes.
  • No history of severe trauma.
  • Pain gets better with anti-inflammatory medication or icing.
  • Massaging the arches makes the pain feel better.

 

 

 

Question #2: Do You Have A Lump Or Bump On The Heel?

  • If No: Jump to Question #4.
  • If Yes: Continue reading.

 

Plantar Fibroma:

  • A plantar fibroma is a relatively non-dangerous condition; but it can become extremely painful.
  • It feels like a “pebble” or hard nodule of connective tissue in your sole.
  • It could even feel like a much larger thickening of the cords at the bottom of your foot.
  • It could be one nodule or many.

 

How Did This Foot Or Heel Lump Develop?

  • These nodules are extremely slow growing.
  • It could take months to years before they even begin to irritate you.
  • They eventually lead to more and more irritation.
  • Eventually causing your toes to bend and stiffen because you adapt your biomechanics and walk improperly.
  • Eventually this irritation becomes to much to bear and your heel hurts.

 

 

Question #3: Is It The Back Of The Heel That Hurts?

  • If No: Jump to Question #4.

 

  • If Yes: Continue reading.

Consider Pain In The Back Of The Heel:

This can be due to:

A)Achilles Tendinitis.

  • This is likely the most common source of pain in the back of the heel.
  • It is not at the bottom but the back.

B) Heel Lump or Bump.

  • This can be a hard bone bump at the back of the heel.

 

C) Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome.

  • This is usually on the inside of the heel.
  • It can cause numbness, burning or tingling.

D) Posterior Tibial Nerve Entrapment.

  • This is usually on the inside of the heel.
  • It can cause numbness, burning or tingling.

 

 

Question #4: Does The Outside Of My Heels Hurt?

  • If No: Jump to Question #5.
  • If Yes: Continue reading.

 

Possibilities:

 

 

Question #5: Do My Heels Hurt After Run Training.

Consider: