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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.
Pedag BAMBINI Kids Orthotic Insole
Pedag BAMBINI is a 3/4 length foot bed made of vegetable tanned leather designed especially for kids. The firm but flexible moss rubber foot bed is highly adaptive which helps to strengthen the foot's muscular apparatus. The upper surface is made of natural, absorbent vegetable tanned leather which provides reliable hygiene, keeps the foot dry and allows it to breathe inside the shoe. Awarded the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) Seal of Acceptance for promoting foot health. Hand made in Germany from natural materials.
Re-Order Archcrafters Custom Insoles
Order additional pair of Archcrafters Custom Comfort Insoles. Only use this if you have purchased the original set of Archcrafters insoles from the Orthotic Shop.
Pedag ENERGY Sportsline Orthotic Insoles
Pedag ENERGY SPORTSLINE is your perfect partner for all sports and workouts. The German engineered endurance insole made for more performance and vitality, support entire foot. Absorbs impact shock, stabilizes and protects the foot, prevents foot, knee and joint pain. The functional high-tech fabric on the insole's surface is skid resistant, provides excellent grip, transports humidity away from the foot, and dries especially quickly.
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.
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 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 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 Delicate Custom Comfort Insoles
Archcrafters Delicate Custom Comfort Insoles - great for sensitive feet. Poron plastazote conforming topcover for shock absorption. Medium density for cushioning & arch support. $119.95 at the Orthotic Shop
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
Betterform Custom Arch Supports
The Betterform Custom Arch Supports come in a wide variety of types to suit your feet.
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.
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.
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.
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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.