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

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
$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%)
SpencoRX Heel Cushions

SpencoRX Heel Cushions

Spenco Rx Heel Cushions - cushion - protects heel from impact and stress - model 42-168
$12.19
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%)
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
$114.95 (save 40%)
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
$114.95 (save 40%)
Re-Order Betterform Custom Orthotics

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.
$134.95 (save 52%)
Heel Wedges

Heel Wedges

Heel Wedges provide stability to the rear of the foot to reduce pronation. Poron laminated-to-leather covering affords superior shock absorption. Available in Small, Medium, and Large.
$34.95
Dress Ease - High Heel Insole

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.
$19.95
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%)
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

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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.