Heel Pain 101

Keep Your Heels Healthy this Summer

There are a lot of hazards out there for out feet during the summer. People tend to go barefoot or wear flip-flops or sandals often, which can cause a variety of problems.  

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Why Am I Developing Blisters on my Heels?

Blisters usually form on the heels due to ill-fitting footwear. A blister or a callus developing on your foot may be a sign that you need to change your shoes and find a pair with a better fit. 

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Do Your Wear High Heels Often?

Women who wear high heels often put a lot of unnatural strain on their feet and toes. One result of frequent high heel use is Haglund’s deformity. Haglund’s deformity is also known as the “pump bump” because it occurs so often among those who wear pumps or high heels regularly. 

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What is a Plantar Callus?

A plantar callus is a callus that develops on the bottom of the foot, usually in the heel area. The callus occurs due to one metatarsal bone being longer or lower than the others. The placement of the metatarsal bone causes it to hit the ground when walking with more force than the bone is made to deal with, causing the skin beneath the bone to thicken. 

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What Causes Heel Calluses?

A heel callus is basically just thick, dry skin that is located on the heel. However, it can cause a lot of pain if left untreated. Sometimes the skin will get so dry it will crack or split, which opens the heel up to infection. 

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The Best Shoes For Women

Women are much more likely to develop foot problems due to ill-fitting shoes than men. Ill-fitting shoes can aggravate conditions like plantar fasciitis and Haglund’s deformity as well as many other foot problems. Shoes that do not fit correctly are also a major factor in developing blisters, calluses and bunions

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What Are Heel Fissures?

Heel fissures are basically cracks in the skin on the heels. The fissures are caused by dry, thickened skin.  

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Preventing Heel Calluses From Forming

A callus is an area of hard, thickened skin. Calluses can occur on the ball of the foot, on the outer side of the big toe, or on the heel. Calluses typically form due to repeated friction and pressure on the area.  

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