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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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Spenco Rx 3/4 Length Orthotic
Spenco Rx 3/4 length orthotic - Spenco Orthotic Insoles are moldable for a custom fit - great for flat feet - arch pain - free shipping
CurrexSole 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.
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.
Vionic Gel Heel Device - Orthaheel Technology
The Vionic Gel Heel Device is a great alternative to basic heel cups. The Gel heel device fits in most types of shoes and is used to control mild pronation.
Redi-Thotics Max - Firm Arch Supports
Redithotic Max - The Redi-Thotic Slim is a prefabricated orthotic that is ideal for feet with medium arches. The slim is 3/4 length and is designed to feet into almost all types of footwear. These arch supports are great for dress shoes or other types of shoes that do not have much room.
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.
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.
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.
Re-Order Betterform Custom Orthotics
This product listing is to order an additional pair of Betterform Orthotics that you received from us. Please select the style and top cover and be sure to give us the last name associated with the original orthotics.
Adjustable Heel Lift
The Adjustable Heel Lift is suited to correct limb discrepancies and tight Achilles tendons. Features peelable 1/8" segments. Available in Small, Medium, and Large. One heel lift per package.
Small: Women’s 4-7/Men’s 5-6
Medium: Women’s 8-10/Men’s 7-9
Large: Women’s 11+/Men’s 10+
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.
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.
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
Archcrafters Custom Comfort Active Insoles
Archcrafters Custom Comfort Active Insoles - custom insole for any level of activity. Reinforced heel gives you added heel and ankle stability for optimal support. $109.95 at the Orthotic Shop
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.
Silipos Wonder Spur Soft
The Wonder Cup is useful for treating Heel Spurs, Plantar Fasciitis, Fat Pad Atrophy, and Knee, back & ankle pain.
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 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
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
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.