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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 Total Support MAX Insoles
Spenco Total Support Max
Discover superior stability and the ultimate support with Spenco Total Support Max insoles. The sturdy podiatric support aids in step by step motion control for both the arch and heel. Take control of your foot health with Spenco Total Support Max insoles today.
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
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.
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.
Spenco Total Support Orthotic Insoles
Spenco PolySorb Total Support Insoles - Spenco Insoles for lasting support and shock absorption. Shoe inserts for sports and running - free shipping.
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+
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 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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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.
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.
Silipos Wonder Spur Soft
The Wonder Cup is useful for treating Heel Spurs, Plantar Fasciitis, Fat Pad Atrophy, and Knee, back & ankle pain.
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.
Spenco Women's Cushioned Q Factor Insoles
Spenco Cushion Q-Factor Women's Insoles - Spenco Insoles designed for a woman's body - Shoe inserts - free shipping - 44-545
Dress Ease - High Heel Insole
Comfortable and thin, this insole cushions and supports a woman's foot in either the slimmest dress shoe or highest heel. Designed to work alone or in harmony with the Women's Dress Orthotic.
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
Betterform Custom Arch Supports
The Betterform Custom Arch Supports come in a wide variety of types to suit your feet.
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.
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 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.
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.