Heel pain can be as a result of bruising, calcaneal stress fracture, tight Achilles, or a lack of shock absorption as the heel strikes the ground during gait. Heel pain can also be caused by heel spurs which are often associated with Plantar Fasciitis and develop most commonly where the plantar fascia joins the plantar surface of the heel as a result of micro tears in the tissue.
Bleeding into the tissue calcifies and spurs form. Spurs can also occur at the back of the heels where the Achilles tendon attaches.
A radiograph or MRI will confirm diagnosis but treatment is similar to plantar fasciitis – strapping and shoes padding initially then further assessment of foot mechanics and likely orthotic therapy. Some heel spurs cause no pain. Your Podiatrist can diagnose heel pain and advice you on the best treatment options.