What is Heel Pain?

The heel is the bony structure at the base of the foot. It is also the area where body weight is felt the most. Therefore, there may be more than one reason for pain in the heels. At this point, shoe selection is very important. People who stand all day long are more likely to have heel pain. In addition, structural disorders or injuries can also cause pain in the heels. 

As body weight increases, the load on the heels increases. Heel pain may occur in individuals who gain weight or those who are above their ideal weight. If the cause of heel pain is not an orthopedic problem, heel pain is generally a pain that can be relieved by resting. 

Why does heel pain occur?

If the cause of heel pain is not an orthopedic problem;

  • Standing all day long,
  • Intense exercise and sports,
  • Not wearing shoes suitable for the foot,
  • Weakened muscle and bone structure with age,
  • Causes such as being over the ideal weight cause heel pain. This type of pain goes away with rest when the cause of the pain disappears. 

Some diseases of the vascular and circulatory system and orthopedic diseases can cause heel pain. Common health problems that cause heel pain are as follows:

  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Heel Spur
  • Tendonitis
  • Sprains or Traumas
  • Problems Related to Ankle Mechanics
  • Diabetes
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis and Other Joint Diseases
  • Heel Bursitis

Should I consult a doctor for heel pain? 

A person with heel pain may not know when to consult a doctor. You should definitely consult a doctor for heel pain in the following cases:

  • If heel pain persists for several circumcisions
  • If there is a heel pain that occurs at any time of the day, sometimes continues throughout the day and prevents walking
  • Heel pain that occurs in a resting position
  • If there is bruising, redness and swelling accompanying the pain
  • If the patient has a high fever, it is necessary to consult a health care provider and an orthopedic physician.