Where Does It Hurt? A Quick Guide to Heel Pain

When it comes to heel pain one of the best ways to get an accurate diagnosis is to describe the location of the pain to your podiatrist. The sources of heel pain vary, depending on exactly where the heel hurts. For example, pain in the back of the heel may indicate a problem with the Achilles tendon, bursa, soft tissues and bones, or the heel’s growth plate. Pain on the bottom of the heel may be caused by plantar fasciitis or fat pad atrophy. Treatments for heel pain differ, depending on the underlying cause of the pain. In addition to taking a medical history, your podiatrist will also complete a physical examination and undergo various tests or imaging studies, such as X-rays or ultrasounds, to confirm a diagnosis. If you are experiencing heel pain, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist near you.

Many people suffer from bouts of heel pain. For more information, contact Cary Golub, DPM of New York. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

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 condition of the past.

If you have any questions please contact our offices located in Williston Park, and Long Beach, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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