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Causes of Runners’ Heel Pain

For avid runners, heel pain can be a significant obstacle, obstructing both performance and enjoyment of the activity. Heel pain can result from different factors including overuse, improper footwear, or biomechanical issues. The most common cause of heel pain for runners is plantar fasciitis, which is the inflammation of the tissue connecting the heel bone to the toes. Running, especially long-distance, puts strain on the plantar fascia and may lead to discomfort. Additionally, Achilles tendonitis, or inflammation of the Achilles tendon at the back of the heel, often causes pain for runners who escalate their training program too quickly. Heel spurs, bony outgrowths that can develop underneath the heel bone due to repetitive stress on the foot, are another hindrance for runners. Wearing ill-fitting or worn-out running shoes with inadequate support can also contribute to heel pain. If you are a runner with heel pain, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can offer a comprehensive evaluation, locate the source of the pain, and offer appropriate treatment methods.

Many people suffer from bouts of heel pain. For more information, contact Kevin Powers, DPM of The Center for Lower Extremity Nerve Surgery. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Causes of Heel Pain

Heel pain is often associated with plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a band of tissues that extends along the bottom of the foot. A rip or tear in this ligament can cause inflammation of the tissue.

Achilles tendonitis is another cause of heel pain. Inflammation of the Achilles tendon will cause pain from fractures and muscle tearing. Lack of flexibility is also another symptom.

Heel spurs are another cause of pain. When the tissues of the plantar fascia undergo a great deal of stress, it can lead to ligament separation from the heel bone, causing heel spurs.

Why Might Heel Pain Occur?

  • Wearing ill-fitting shoes                  
  • Wearing non-supportive shoes
  • Weight change           
  • Excessive running


Heel pain should be treated as soon as possible for immediate results. Keeping your feet in a stress-free environment will help. If you suffer from Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis, applying ice will reduce the swelling. Stretching before an exercise like running will help the muscles. Using all these tips will help make heel pain a condition of the past.

If you have any questions please contact our offices located in Indianapolis and Bloomington, IN . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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