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Heel pain, most often the result of repetitive or excessive wear and tear, is a prevalent ailment that affects millions each year. Heel pain ranks as one of the most common complaints made by patients to podiatrists, orthopedic surgeons, and physical therapists. Although heel pain itself is merely a broad symptom, it is most synonymous with plantar fasciitis and heel spurs. Despite being a painful condition, and possibly escalating to a chronic problem, heel pain is most cases can be relieved and treated through conservative treatment methods that will ease discomfort without impacting your lifestyle.

As already mentioned, heel pain is most often caused by wear and tear, and not an acute, isolated injury. Along the bottom of the foot is a long fibrous band of tissue called the plantar fascia ligament, which stretches and relaxes as we walk. When repetitive or extreme stress is placed on the band of tissue, tears and inflammation occur. The pain and inflammation from this is referred to plantar fascittis.

What are the Red Flags for Heel Pain?

Athletes are common sufferers of heel pain. Running, jumping, basketball, and other sports and activities require repetitive strain on tissues throughout the ankle and foot, particularly on the plantar fascia ligament. Participating in sports without warming up and stretching first may put you at risk of damaging tissue in the foot if the plantar fascia is not stretched and loosened prior to a rigorous work out. When the tissue in the lower leg and ankle are too taut prior to a workout, extra tension is placed on the fascia, often leading to tears and inflammation.

Heel pain can range from mild or moderate discomfort, to chronic long-lasting aching. Plantar fasciitis, as the most common cause of heel pain, can develop suddenly, or progressively due to unsupportive shoes, excessive exercise or exercising when not properly warmed up, or due to sudden weight gain, such as during pregnancy, or when doing repeated heavy lifting. Any of these activities can lead to strain on the plantar fascia, and eventual tears in the tissue.

Heel spurs are also heel pain culprits. Stress on the plantar fascia could not only lead to tears and inflammation in the ligament (fasciitis), but it could also cause a bony buildup of calcium where the ligament attaches to the heel bone. This hooked, pointed fragment causes severe pain as it digs into the tissue surrounding the heel as you walk.

Heel pain is particularly common in the morning, or after long periods of standing or sitting. As we walk after periods of rest, the pain resumes after weight is placed on the inflamed tissue, and may eventually subside as you walk since the fascia warms up and loosens.

Heel Pads are the Ideal Heel Pain Treatment

There are many treatments and remedies for heel pain, but heel pads make the perfect choice for minimizing pain, and in some cases even reversing damage. Many heel pads may provide temporary relief by masking pain and adding a temporary cushion for your foot. Other pads, however, are specially designed to treat and reverse symptoms of heel pain, and its causes, making for an affordable, comfortable, and over the counter method of treatment that is convenient and easily blends into your busy lifestyle.

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