Heel Pain

Heel Pain

Overview

As the largest of the foot’s 26 bones, the heel is often susceptible to pain and injury due to its position and vital functions. Common heel pain itself is rarely a severe medical condition, but it can be a sign of something a little more serious. For example, discomfort on the underside usually stems from plantar fasciitis, while pain on the back of the heel is frequently associated with Achilles tendinitis. 

Most Common Causes

As mentioned above, the following two conditions are the most common causes of intense heel pain:

Plantar FasciitisAn inflammation of the plantar fascia connective tissue, which runs from the heel to the front of the foot. Specifically, plantar fasciitis develops when the plantar fascia tendon becomes strained over time. This can be due to a number of different reasons, but the most common is athletic activity. On the other hand, improperly fitting shoes with insufficient arch support will also aggravate the plantar fasciitis and cause increased heel pain.

Achilles Tendinitis – An inflammation of the Achilles tendon, which runs down the backside of the ankle and into the heel. Achilles tendinitis occurs near the heel bone when this sensitive tendon is strained, usually over a long period of time. This condition is most frequently seen in older individuals who still walk and run for exercise.

Other Causes

Heel Spurs – A hard, unnatural growth on the bottom of the heel bone that is often associated with plantar fasciitis.

Heel Bursitis – This is an inflammation or swelling of the bursa, a fluid-filled sac at the back of the heel – under the Achilles tendon. It is most often caused by wearing shoes that put too much pressure on this part of the foot or wearing heels that do not properly fit.

Arthritis – More specifically, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Stress Fracture – A fracture, or break in the heel bone, caused by repetitive stress. This particular cause is most commonly seen amongst competitive athletes and runners.

Products

Vionic Relief Orthotic Insoles - Orthaheel


Vionic Relief Orthotic Insoles - Orthaheel

Vionic Orthaheel Relief Full Length

For all the benefits of a custom-made orthotic without the costliness, try out the Orthaheel Relief Full Length. This orthotic seamlessly replaces your old insoles to help realign and protect your feet. Slide in a pair of Orthaheel Reliefs today and discover the difference.

$34.95
Vionic Active Orthotic Insoles with Orthaheel Support


Vionic Active Orthotic Insoles with Orthaheel Support

Orthaheel Active Orthotics

Take control of your feet with Orthaheel Active Orthotics. Designed to help you manage stability, this orthotic gives you the power to run or power walk with the ultimate ease. Don't let your feet hold you back; insert a pair of Orthaheel Active Orthotics into your favorite sneakers today!

$39.95
Vionic Slimfit Women's Dress Insoles - Orthaheel


Vionic Slimfit Women's Dress Insoles - Orthaheel

Orthaheel Slimfit Dress Shoe Orthotic Insoles - arch support & pronation control for Women's dress shoes and heels - Free Shipping
$34.95
Vionic Relief 3/4 Length Orthaheel Insoles


Vionic Relief 3/4 Length Orthaheel Insoles

Vionic Orthaheel Relief 3/4 Length

For a versatile orthotic that'll fit all your footwear, look no further than the Orthaheel Relief 3/4 Length by Vionic. Perfect for everyday use, the small size makes them compatible with shoes that don't feature removable insoles. Simply slide them in! Start experiencing the benefits of sure-fitting footwear now with impressive Orthaheel Relief.

$34.95
Dr. Rosenberg's Instant Arches for Sandals
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Dr. Rosenberg's Instant Arches for Sandals

Add arch support to any pair of sandals with Dr. Rosenberg's Instant Arches. If you have fallen arches or are suffering from foot pain, heel pain, or arch pain, there is an easy and convenient product that can eliminate your discomfort when you wear sandals. Instant Arches is your solution.
$13.95 - 27.95 (save 30%)
CurrexSole RunPro Insoles - High Arch Walking / Running Shoe Inserts


CurrexSole RunPro Insoles - High Arch Walking / Running Shoe Inserts

CurrexSole RunPro Insoles - High Arch version is perfect for those with high arches, supinators, or those with bow-legs. These natural performance insoles are packed with technology to help reduce fatigue in the feet and calf muscles.
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CurrexSole RunPro Insoles - Medium Arch Walking / Running Shoe Inserts


CurrexSole RunPro Insoles - Medium Arch Walking / Running Shoe Inserts

CurrexSole RunPro Insoles - Medium Arch version is perfect to control normal pronation and those that have a neutral arch. These natural performance insoles are packed with technology to help reduce fatigue in the feet and calf muscles.
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Betterform Sportsole Full Length - Leather or Neoprene


Betterform Sportsole Full Length - Leather or Neoprene

Betterform Sportsole comes with either a Hygenic Leather top cover or a Cushioned Neoprene cover. Relieves Pain - cushions against impact - and supports the foot - both in motion and at rest. Great for people with plantar fasciitis, heel spurs or bunions. Heat Adjustable and comfortable!
$29.95 (save 25%)
CurrexSole RunPro Insoles - Low Arch Walking / Running Shoe Inserts


CurrexSole RunPro Insoles - Low Arch Walking / Running Shoe Inserts

CurrexSole RunPro Insoles - Low Arch version is perfect for flat footed / low arched feet. These natural performance insoles are packed with technology to help reduce fatigue in the feet and calf muscles.
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Dr. Rosenberg's Instant Arches - Comfort Arch
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Dr. Rosenberg's Instant Arches - Comfort Arch

Add arch support to any pair of shoes! If you have fallen arches or are suffering from foot pain, heel pain, or arch pain, there is an easy and convenient product that can eliminate your discomfort. Instant Arches® is your solution.
$13.95 - 27.95 (save 30%)
KidZerts Heel Cup for Children - Heel Pain


KidZerts Heel Cup for Children - Heel Pain

KidZert's Heel Cup - Anti-bacterial top cover - Provides relief from heel pain - Low profile design fits in any children's shoe - Free Shipping at the Orthotic Shop. Sizes: Small (US 13-2) (EU 31-33), Large (US 3-5) (EU 34-36)
$21.95
Pedag HOLIDAY 3/4 Length Orthotic Insole - Wider
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Pedag HOLIDAY 3/4 Length Orthotic Insole - Wider

Pedag HOLIDAY is a ¾ length semi-rigid orthotic insole. The Holiday is wider than the Pedag Mini and is German hand-made consisting of vegetable tanned leather. The Pedag Holiday insole/orthotic is suitable for almost every shoe. In everyday life, pedag® HOLIDAY is useful when standing on hard surfaces for long periods because it both cushions and supports the entire foot. Thin enough to fit in almost any shoe. pedag® HOLIDAY has an anatomically shaped, semi-rigid foot bed with diagonal bridge function that stabilizes, aligns, and supports the mid-foot. The small, but effective metatarsal pad lifts and cushions the front of a foot. Awarded the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) Seal of Acceptance for promoting foot health. After wearing: please air overnight.
$19.24 (save 36%)
Redi-Thotics Flex - Flexible Arch Supports


Redi-Thotics Flex - Flexible Arch Supports

Redithotic Flex - The Flex arch support is ideal for flat feet, low & medium arches, people with metatarsalgia (pain at the ball of the foot). The flex provides general comfort & support and fits into most footwear.
$59.00
Shearling Orthotic Insoles - Inserts for Slippers, Bearpaw, Uggs w/ Arch Support


Shearling Orthotic Insoles - Inserts for Slippers, Bearpaw, Uggs w/ Arch Support

These Shearling Insoles have excellent arch support and are great replacements for slippers, boots and shoes where you want extra warmth. Perfect for Orthofeet / VIONIC slippers, UGG and Bearpaw boots. The Shearling / Sheepskin Orthotic Insoles are made by the same company that makes our custom orthotics. They know all about the support your feet need. If you are a half size, please order down a size.
$29.95 (save 25%)
Redi-Thotics Ultra - Extra Firm Arch Supports


Redi-Thotics Ultra - Extra Firm Arch Supports

Redithotic Ultra - The Redi-Thotic Ultra provides extra-firm arch support. It is ideal for people with high arches and who are experiencing Plantar Fasciitis or collapsed arches. This orthotic provides excellent motion & pronation control.
$59.00
Custom Made Orthotics with Metatarsal Pad


Custom Made Orthotics with Metatarsal Pad

This orthotic has features a metatarsal pad and is ideal for people with Morton's Neuroma. The metatarsal pad helps lift and seperate the metatarsal heads & phalangeal bases (toes) so the nerve doesn't get pinched.
$169.95 (save 32%)
Redi-Thotics Control - Semi-Firm Arch Supports


Redi-Thotics Control - Semi-Firm Arch Supports

Redithotic Control - The Redi-Thotic Control is a semi-flexible arch support that is ideal for people with heel spurs, and plantar fasciitis. The Control features a heel depression to alleviate pressure off of any heel or bone spurs. The Control works best with medium to high arches.
$59.00
FS6 Foot Compression Sleeve for Plantar Fasciitis - Pair
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FS6 Foot Compression Sleeve for Plantar Fasciitis - Pair

FS6 Foot Compression Sleeve

Expertly crafted to relieve the aches of plantar fasciitis and similar ailments, this lightweight sleeve provides targeted support to the various parts of your foot so you can experience sweet relief. Worn underneath your socks, it can be comfortably and discretely used around the clock.

$37.99
Arch Assist for Betterstep Inserts (ArchAssist)


Arch Assist for Betterstep Inserts (ArchAssist)

The Arch Assist for Betterstep Inserts correctly and gently supports and positions the arch area to relieve pain and prevent injury from over-pronation. The ArchAssist is designed to work in harmony with all Betterstep inserts and insoles.
$19.95
Airform Night Splint - Ossur, Royce Medical


Airform Night Splint - Ossur, Royce Medical

The Royce Medical Airform Dorsal Night Splint is an effective plantar fasciitis treatment for achilles tendonitis, plantar fascitis, and drop foot injuries. This plantar fasciitis night splint is smaller and lighter than most dorsal night splint products for greater ease of use during the night in bed.

The smaller, lighter design of the Airform Night Splint provides greater ease of use during the night in bed. The dorsal night foot splint treats the problem differently than braces or supports by applying a mild passive stretch to the achilles tendon and plantar fascia to keep it in a lengthened state. This static positioning (rehabilitation) allows the soft tissue a chance to heal thereby reducing pain and discomfort when walking. This plantar fascitis night splint maintains the ankle in a neutral position (ankle at a right angle) to impart a gentle, constant stretch to the achilles and plantar fascia on the bottom of the foot.
$39.95 (save 73%)
Pedag VIVA Sport Full Length Orthotic Insole


Pedag VIVA Sport Full Length Orthotic Insole

Pedag VIVA SPORT is a full length orthotic insole, German hand-made innovative sport orthotic suitable for impact sports such as running, basketball, tennis, skiing, snowboarding, walking, and other weight bearing activities to increase endurance and prevent fatigue. The pedag® VIVA® SPORT is useful when standing on hard surfaces for long periods because it both cushions and supports the entire foot, thin enough to fit in almost any shoe. pedag® VIVA® SPORT has an anatomically shaped, semi-rigid foot bed with diagonal bridge function that stabilizes, aligns, and supports the mid-foot. pedag® VIVA® SPORT Red insole has a high-tech surface with excellent shock elasticity and which is durable and resilient. The material quickly wicks sweat away from the foot. pedag® VIVA® SPORT is suitable for shoes, trail runners, and boots with breathable membranes. Awarded the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) Seal of Acceptance for promoting foot health. After wearing: please air overnight.
$26.10 (save 35%)
Pedag VIVA Mini 3/4 Length Leather Orthotic Insole


Pedag VIVA Mini 3/4 Length Leather Orthotic Insole

Pedag VIVA MINI is a 3/4 length leather orthotic insole, German hand-made elegant, durable and high quality vegetable tanned leather. VIVA® has a "universal" foot bed for all shoes and boots. The orthotic features a semi-rigid longitudinal arch and plantar vault, a built-in orthopedic metatarsal pad for the latitudinal arch (metatarsal) and a substantial heel cushion. The orthotic is has breathable natural leather to create a healthy climate inside of the shoe or boot. Highly effective, purifying active carbon filter works to prevent foot odor. Awarded the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) Seal of Acceptance for promoting foot health.
$22.49 (save 25%)
Vionic Shock Absorber - Cushioned Orthaheel Insoles


Vionic Shock Absorber - Cushioned Orthaheel Insoles

The Vionic Shock Absorber orthotic insoles are great for people who have never worn orthotic supports before. It has a gentle arch support and ample amounts of cushioning.
$34.95
Powerstep UltraStretch® Night Sock - Plantar Fasciitis and Achilles Tendonitis


Powerstep UltraStretch® Night Sock - Plantar Fasciitis and Achilles Tendonitis

Powerstep’s UltraStretch® Night Sock combines ultra-soft material, a comfortable sleeve design and an adjustable dorsiflexion strap which gently pulls the toes to stretch the calf muscle and soft tissues of the foot and ankle. By providing a gentle and effective stretch and keeping the foot in a neutral position, the UltraStretch® helps alleviate the heel pain associated with common overuse injuries such as Plantar Fasciitis and Achilles Tendonitis when taking those first morning steps. Available in two sizes, sized by calf measurement. Color: Black.
$30.55 (save 24%)

Top sellers for: Heel Pain

Relief Products

Ossur Airform Night Splint – A multi-strap ankle and forefoot brace that’s meant to be worn during sleep in order to stretch and naturally reposition your foot overnight. It’s a simple, effective method for those who’d like to avoid the morning aches and pains associated with plantar fasciitis.

Adjustable Heel Lift – A simple orthotic insert that easily slips into any shoe and strategically positions your heel to deliver pain-relief to those with flat feet or plantar fasciitis.

Active Orthotics Custom Made Insole – These premium orthotic insoles are specially designed by Betterfrom’s foot health experts to acclimate to your foot and accommodate the shoe’s shape. The results? Maximum heel support and decreased pain. These inserts are ideal for those with an active lifestyle.


Other Relief Options

    • Wear shoes that fit properly – avoid those that are too tight or too lose around the toe, forefoot or heel.
    • Depending on the activity at hand, be sure to wear the appropriate athletic shoes. It’s pretty simple: don’t wear dress shoes if you’re going to play soccer.
    • Stretch your Achilles thoroughly before exercising.
    • If swelling occurs or persists, use ice to reduce the inflammation – not heat.