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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 Fasciitis – An 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.
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.
Archcrafters Custom Running Insoles
Archcrafters Custom Running Insoles - designed specifically for the needs of runners. Spenco-like neoprene to absorb impact & reduce friction. Reinforced heel gives you added heel and ankle stability for optimal support. $119.95 at the Orthotic Shop
Re-Order Amfit Orthotics
Order additional pairs of Custom Orthotics that we made for you. This uses the impression that we have on file for you. Fast Free Shippng and 5-10% off.
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.
Apex A-Wave Orthotics for Low, Medium, or High Arches
Apex A-Wave Orthotic Insoles for Low, Medium and High Arches - Alleviate Foot Pain & Soothe Your Soles With A-Wave Orthotics! A range of orthotics for all foot types: Low, Medium or High Arches. Your feet don't have to Hurt. Apex offers three prefab orthotic products designed to provide all-day alignment, arch support & comfort.
Apex A-Wave Orthotics are one of the best alternatives to prescription-fit or custom inserts. They are designed using the most innovative prefabricated orthotic technologies. The Apex A-Wave orthotic assists with pain relief, comfort, and enhanced stability in three durometers - Flex, Firm & XFirm to support your arch type! Best Materials: The most advanced memory foam, thermo-plastic resins and supportive gels on the market for maximum comfort & accommodation.
Currex ActivePro Replacement Comfort Insoles
The currexSole ACTIVEPRO - 100% contact, everything fits naturally. Get a custom fit for your foot. No matter whether you’re playing tennis, soccer, basketball or working out at the gym: Now you can raise your personal bar! ACTIVEPRO gives you maximum support and unparalleled stability which will inspire you to a new personal best. A real all-rounder replacement comfort insole. Wear them once and you’ll never want to be without them.
The same goes for wearing them casually in your sneakers: ACTIVEPRO makes a big difference here, too.
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.
Ovation Dorsal Air Form Night Splint
The 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 Dorsal 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.
Spenco Rx Thinsole Full Length Orthotic
Spenco Rx Thinsole Full length orthotic - Spenco Orthotic Insoles are thin arch supports - great for flat feet - plantar fasciitis arch pain - free shipping
Betterform Custom Arch Supports
The Betterform Custom Arch Supports come in a wide variety of types to suit your feet.
Betterstep Low Profile Deluxe - Dress Shoe Orthotic
The Betterstep Low Profile is an ultra thin orthotic. This is a lightweight and heat moldable orthotic and is ideal for use in dress shoes or shoes that don't have alot of room.
Formfit Night Splint - Royce Medical, Ossur
The Formfit Night Splint from Royce Medical is designed to impart an effective passive stretch for plantar fascitis symptoms located on the bottom of the foot. Designed with comfort in mind, this model features thick padding throughout the shell and straps to control the amount of stretch necessary for effective treatment.
Custom Made Orthotics - Firm Density - Amfit
Firm density orthotics are used by those who have worn out their old device and require a strong support. They are ideal for athletic people who require firm control. Also suitable for overweight patients. They are considered Semi-rigid.
Spenco Polysorb Cross Trainer
The Cross Trainer Style Polysorb® Insoles are used most often for aerobics, court sports, running, weight training, racquet sports and walking. Special cushioning in both the heel strike zone and the forefoot area for outstanding performance. Helps turn any athletic shoe into a cross training shoe.
Spenco Total Support Thin Insoles
Spenco PolySorb Total Support THIN Insoles - Semi-Flexible Arch Support for Low-Profile Stability. Spenco Total Support Thin Insoles provides increased shock absorption, advanced support for the arch and heel and improved motion control to reduce over-pronation and supination – the leading cause of many common injuries such as plantar fasciitis. Fast Free shipping!
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.
Sports Orthotics Impact - Rigid Orthotics
The Sports Orthotics Impact is the same as the Sports Orthotics but feature a reinforced arch for increased support and shock absorption for those with a more active lifestyle. They provide extra support and control with extrinsic rear foot and intrinsic fore foot posts. Suitable for arch or heel pain, plantar fascitis, pronation & support.
Sports Orthotics with Foam - Custom Made
The Sports Orthotics with foam provide extra support and control with extrinsic rear foot and intrinsic fore foot posts. They meet the needs of the active individual. Suitable for arch or heel pain, plantar fascitis, pronation & support. The orthotic features a foam top cover from heel to toes for added comfort.
Silipos Wonder Spur Soft
The Wonder Cup is useful for treating Heel Spurs, Plantar Fasciitis, Fat Pad Atrophy, and Knee, back & ankle pain.
CurrexSole EdgePro Insoles for Ski, Hiking, Golf
CurrexSole EdgePro Insoles. Get the Edge with edgepro! EGEPRO gives you a completely new connection with your shoe. You regain control and feel more flexible. Suddenly, the edge is your favourite zone! EDGEPRO can work wonders in golf shoes, ski boots, snowboarding boots, hiking shoes and more. If you're not living on the edge, you are taking up too much space. Live the edge comfortably, with Edgepro insoles. The currexSole EDGEPRO - 100% contact, everything fits naturally. Get a custom fit for your foot. The edge. A place you reach quickly when skiing, snowboarding and hiking. Foot and lower leg are uncomfortably fixed. Sensitivity vanishes, the feet begin to burn. EDGEPRO gives you a completely new connection with your shoe. You regain control and feel more flexible. Select your arch type: high, medium or low.
SpencoRX Heel Cushions
Spenco Rx Heel Cushions - cushion - protects heel from impact and stress - model 42-168
Spenco Rx Thinsole 3/4 Length Orthotic
Spenco Rx Thinsole 3/4 length orthotic - Spenco Orthotic Insoles are thin arch supports - great for flat feet - plantars fasciitis arch pain - 27.95 - free shipping
Spenco Rx Full Length Orthotic
Spenco Rx Full length orthotic - Spenco Orthotic Insoles are moldable for a custom fit - great for flat feet - arch pain - free shipping
Archcrafters Heavy-Duty - Work Custom Insoles
Archcrafters Heavy-Duty Work Custom Insoles - excellent arch support & stability - x-static topcover transfers heat & is anti-bacterial / anti-odor. $119.95 at the Orthotic Shop
Archcrafters Walking Custom Comfort Insoles
Archcrafters Custom Comfort Walking Insoles - medium density for cushioning & arch support - micro cell top cover provides shock absorption. $119.95 at the Orthotic Shop
Top sellers for: Heel Pain
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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.