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Heel Pain

Various forms of heel pain can stem from different conditions and injuries. Some common causes of heel pain include plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, stress fractures, heel spurs, and Haglund's deformity.

It's important to seek medical evaluation and treatment for proper diagnosis and management of these different forms of heel pain.

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Plantar Fasciitis 

Plantar fasciitis is a super common foot problem that 1 in 10 people suffer from. It's all about this thick band of tissue called the plantar fascia that runs along the bottom of your foot. When it gets inflamed, you might experience sharp, stabbing pain in your heel, especially when you take those first steps in the morning or after sitting for a while. It's like stepping on hot coals! Other unpleasant symptoms include tenderness in the heel, aching or burning sensations, and stiffness in the arch. Plantar fasciitis can happen if you overdo it, wear the wrong shoes, do high-impact activities, or carry some extra weight. If you ignore it, the pain can get worse and make it tough to walk or stand for long. But don't fret! There are treatments available, like rest, specific exercises, using supportive devices, and managing the pain. So, no need to suffer through the agony - get help and give your feet some relief!

Achilles Tendonitis

Haglunds Deformity

Stress Fracture 

You know that Achilles tendon at the back of your heel? Well, sometimes it can be a real pain – literally! Achilles tendonitis is when that tendon gets all inflamed and irritated. It's often caused by overuse or repetitive activities that put strain on the tendon like running or jumping. When you have Achilles tendonitis, you might feel aching, stiffness, and even sharp pain in the back of your heel, especially when you start moving after periods of rest. 

A Haglund's deformity is a bony enlargement at the back of the heel. It often occurs in the presence of a heel spur, which can cause irritation and pain when it comes into contact with the Achilles tendon. This condition is commonly associated with discomfort, inflammation, and swelling. If you suspect a Haglund's deformity, it's advisable to consult with a healthcare professional for proper diagnosis and treatment options.

A heel stress fracture refers to a small crack or break in the heel bone (calcaneus) caused by repetitive stress or overuse. It typically occurs due to activities that involve repetitive pounding on hard surfaces, such as running or jumping. Heel stress fractures can result in persistent heel pain that worsens with weight-bearing activities and can sometimes be accompanied by swelling and tenderness.

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