Heel Pain

Heel Pain

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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

Adjustable Heel Lift

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+
$14.95
Custom Made Orthotics - Amfit

Custom Made Orthotics - Amfit

A truly custom made orthotic, based on a mold of your foot. Experience the ultimate foot comfort with a pair of insoles made specifically for your feet. Use our custom orthotic selection tool to find your ideal style.
$149.95 (save 40%)
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%)
Spenco Rx Thinsole 3/4 Length Orthotic

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
$25.49
CurrexSole ActivePro Replacement Comfort Insoles Medium Arch - Orange
CurrexSole ActivePro Replacement Comfort Insoles High Arch - Blue
CurrexSole ActivePro Replacement Comfort Insoles Low Arch - Red
3 Colors Available

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.
$49.95 (save 17%)
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%)
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
Spenco Rx 3/4 Length Orthotic

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
$25.49 (save 9%)
Spenco Total Support Thin Insoles

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!
$35.99 (save 10%)
Archcrafters Custom Comfort Active Insoles

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
$114.95 (save 40%)
Betterform Custom Arch Supports

Betterform Custom Arch Supports

The Betterform Custom Arch Supports come in a wide variety of types to suit your feet.
$174.95 (save 42%)
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
CurrexSole EdgePro Insoles for Ski, Hiking, Golf Medium Arch - Orange
CurrexSole EdgePro Insoles for Ski, Hiking, Golf High Arch - Blue
CurrexSole EdgePro Insoles for Ski, Hiking, Golf Low Arch - Red
3 Colors Available

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.


$59.95
Vionic Gel Heel Device - Orthaheel Technology

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.
$24.95
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
$114.95 (save 40%)
Betterstep Low Profile Deluxe - Dress Shoe Orthotic
2 Widths Available

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.
$34.95
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%)
Custom Made Orthotics - Firm Density - Amfit

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.
$149.95 (save 40%)
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
$114.95 (save 40%)
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%)
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%)
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.
$149.95 (save 40%)
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%)
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!
$32.95 (save 18%)

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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.