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Heel Pain

Overview

Heel problems are common and can be painful. Often, they result from too much stress on your heel bone and the tissues that surround it. That stress can come from

  • Injuries
  • Bruises that you get walking, running or jumping
  • Wearing shoes that don't fit or aren't made well
  • Being overweight
These can lead to tendinitis, bursitis and plantar fasciitis, which are all types of inflammation of the tissues that surround your heel. Over time the stress can cause bone spurs and deformities. Certain diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis and gout, can also lead to heel problems. Treatments for heel problems might include rest, medicines, exercises, taping and special shoes. Surgery is rarely needed.

Source: MedlinePlus

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Recommended Reading

Heel Pain, Mayo Clinic
The Mayo Clinic provides both basic and detailed information about many aspects of heel pain.

Heel Pain, MedlinePlus
A service of the National Institutes of Health, MedlinePlus offers abundant information on healthcare topics, including heel pain.

Local Resources

Search for a Healthcare Provider, HealthInfoSource.com
Search this site for a family practice provider, a podiatrist or an orthopedist to diagnose and treat heel pain. To search, click on "Medical Care" and then narrow your search by "Type of Care," indicating family practice, podiatry or orthopaedics.

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