Heel Pain

Heel Pain

View Category Description

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

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.
$24.95 (save 38%)
Archcrafters Heavy-Duty - Work Custom Insoles

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
$119.95 (save 37%)
Sports Orthotics with Foam - Custom Made

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.
$174.95 (save 42%)
Pedag HOLIDAY 3/4 Length Orthotic Insole - Wider Black
Pedag HOLIDAY 3/4 Length Orthotic Insole - Wider Tan
2 Colors Available

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.
$21.95 (save 27%)
Apex A-Wave Orthotics for Low, Medium, or High Arches Flex: Orange
Apex A-Wave Orthotics for Low, Medium, or High Arches Firm: Green
Apex A-Wave Orthotics for Low, Medium, or High Arches X-Firm: Purple
3 Colors Available

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.
$34.95 (save 22%)
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%)
SpencoRX Heel Cushions

SpencoRX Heel Cushions

Spenco Rx Heel Cushions - cushion - protects heel from impact and stress - model 42-168
$12.19
Archcrafters Custom Running Insoles

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
$119.95 (save 37%)
Powerstep Foot / Arch Compression Sleeve Sock for Plantar Fasciitis

Powerstep Foot / Arch Compression Sleeve Sock for Plantar Fasciitis

The Powerstep® Plantar Fasciitis Support Sleeve is ideal for daily use in reducing arch and heel pain or symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis. Its thin, breathable design is perfect for wear under socks and with shoes. Suitable for use in conjunction with Powerstep® orthotics for daytime use in alleviating Plantar Fasciitis or heel and arch pain. Sold as each.
$18.85 (save 37%)
Spenco Rx Thinsole Full Length Orthotic

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
$29.74
Archcrafters Walking Custom Comfort Insoles

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
$119.95 (save 37%)
Archcrafters Custom Comfort Dress Insoles

Archcrafters Custom Comfort Dress Insoles

Archcrafters Custom Comfort Dress Insoles - custom insole for any level of activity. Reinforced heel gives you added heel and ankle stability for optimal support. $99.95 at the Orthotic Shop
$119.95 (save 37%)
Active Plus Orthotics - Custom Made

Active Plus Orthotics - Custom Made

The Active Plus Orthotics meet the needs of the active individual while adapting to a variety of shoe styles. The Plus features an additional shock absorbing foam cover and is suitable for heel pain, arch fatigue, plantar fascitis, neuromas and pronation. Features intrinsic fore foot and rear foot posts. The Active Plus orthotics are a general use orthotic.
$174.95 (save 42%)
Currex ActivePro Replacement Comfort Insoles High Arch - Blue
Currex ActivePro Replacement Comfort Insoles Low Arch - Red
3 Colors Available

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.
$49.95 (save 17%)
KidZerts Foot Measuring Device for Children

KidZerts Foot Measuring Device for Children

The KidZert's Foot Measuring Device. Easily measure and track the size of your child's foot. This fun and interactive measuring tool creates an enjoyable experience in that the child is able to see the progress of his or her foot's growth. Free Shipping.
$15.50 (save 38%)
Ovation Dorsal Air Form Night Splint

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.
$39.95 (save 20%)
Archcrafters Sport Custom Comfort Insoles

Archcrafters Sport Custom Comfort Insoles

Archcrafters Sport Custom Comfort Insoles - moisture wicking top cover - medium density for stability, comfort & support. $109.95 at the Orthotic Shop
$119.95 (save 37%)
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
Betterstep HR - Heel Relief - Pronation Control Orthotics

Betterstep HR - Heel Relief - Pronation Control Orthotics

The Betterstep Heel Relief is a heat moldable pre-made orthotic. The Betterstep HR includes a semi-rigid shell with built-in extrinsic rear foot post and a comfort-gel, shock dispersing heel plug. Available in three sizes: 3/4 length with deluxe fabric cover. Sulcus length, and Full length both includes a 1/8" EVA shock absorbing foam cover. Great for running, walking, hiking, everyday use.
$48.95
Active Orthotics - Custom Made Insoles

Active Orthotics - Custom Made Insoles

The Active Orthotics meet the needs of the active individual while adapting to a variety of shoe styles. Suitable for heel pain, arch fatigue, plantar fascitis, neuromas and pronation. Features intrinsic fore foot and rear foot posts. The Active orthotics are a general use orthotic.
$174.95 (save 42%)
Sports Orthotics Impact - Rigid Orthotics

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.
$174.95 (save 42%)
Formfit Night Splint - Royce Medical, Ossur

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.
$87.99 (save 41%)
Silipos Wonder Spur Soft

Silipos Wonder Spur Soft

The Wonder Cup is useful for treating Heel Spurs, Plantar Fasciitis, Fat Pad Atrophy, and Knee, back & ankle pain.
$39.95
Spenco Polysorb Cross Trainer

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.
$17.99 (save 18%)

Top sellers for: Heel Pain

More about this category

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.