Heel Pain 101

Take Precautions Against Running Injuries

Running is a popular pastime both as a sport and for health enthusiasts. Running can be a lot of fun and great way to get exercise. However, avid runners should be careful to avoid injuries to the feet and ankles.  

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What to do if you Suspect a Stress Fracture in the Heel

Stress fractures are a common overuse injury. They occur frequently in sports and in runners. They also can occur if you suddenly increase an exercise routine or if you are on your feet a lot at work. 

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Is Weight Gain Causing My Heel Pain?

People often wonder if weight gain could be causing their foot pain. It is a question podiatrists are asked often. The answer to that question is both yes and no. Weight gain, in and of itself, does not cause heel pain, but it can definitely contribute to it.  

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Sports Injuries and Heel Pain

Several common causes of heel pain, such as plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis, are also common sports injuries. 

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Symptoms of an Achilles Tendon Rupture

The Achilles tendon is the strongest tendon in the body, but it can still rupture and when it does it is a serious injury. Recovery from an Achilles tendon rupture depends on the severity of the injury, but it can be 6-12 months before some people return to full activity. Some people will never return to their full activity and strength after an injury like this. 

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Treatment Options For Stress Fractures

Stress fractures in the feet are commonly seen in the calcaneus, which is the heel bone.  

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Some Activities May Worsen Achilles Tendon Problems

Achilles tendonitis is caused by overuse of the tendon or direct injury to the tendon. Overuse or injury to the tendon may be caused by new shoes, a new exercise program, or even just your foot type. People with flat feet are typically more likely to suffer from Achilles tendon problems. 

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Keep Your Feet Healthy When Exercising

Exercising is good for us, but it is important to pay attention to what we are doing to our feet when we are exercising.  

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