Here are 3 common factors we see that contribute to sudden heel pain:
1. Rapid increase in activity level. Maybe you've been working out and then all of sudden you dramatically increase your running distance or training load. Or perhaps you haven't been working out and decide to start running again. If these activities are increased too quickly, you have a higher chance of heel pain developing.
2. Inappropriate footwear. Depending on your foot, the appropriate footwear may vary. Generally speaking, people who have grown up wearing shoes most of the day need to be wearing shoes (preferably comfortable ones with cushion) when working out. While the "minimalist" shoe trend is popular right now, it's not something that your foot can adapt to in just 1 day. If you're trying to transition to different footwear when working out, then it needs to be done slowly.
3. Standing for long periods of time. Standing on hard surfaces for prolonged periods increases the pressure on the heels and may irritate the tissue. Commonly heel pain develops in people who stand frequently throughout the day for their job.
The first step in getting rid of your heel pain is identifying the cause. The second step is to make sure all of your joints and muscles are functioning properly in order to give your body the best chance at not having to deal with heel pain again.
Would you like to have the best chance at keeping your heel pain away? Do you have questions about your personal situation? We would be happy to have a physical therapist call you so you can tell us about your specific problem.
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Dr. Christine Walker
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