Causes Of Foot Heel Pain

Are you suffering from episodes of morning foot pain? Do you find it hard to walk because of intolerable heel pain? These conditions are serious and they need immediate attention and treatment. If you neglect the pain, then you may suffer from excruciating pain for the rest of the day. Worse, the condition may degenerate and might cause permanent foot muscle damage leading to disability. Understanding the causes of the pain is very crucial. If you know what’s causing the problem, you will be in a better position to treat it.

Morning foot pain is the most common symptom of a medical condition called plantar faciitis. This condition arises when the tissue along the heel of the foot gets inflamed. The inflammation is the one causing the pain. In most cases, taking pain medications and anti-inflammatory drugs will not solve the problem. Plantar faciitis is a physical disorder that may need physical intervention or therapy. There are many reasons why you may develop excruciating heel pain. The most common reason is the application of too much pressure on your feet. This could be due to weight problems. If you are overweight, the heel of your foot is subjected to intense pressure that may damage the surrounding tissues.

Morning foot pain can also develop if you spend long hours standing on your feet. If your work requires you to stand for long periods on a flat surface, then there is a good chance that you may experience episodes of heel pain. However, desk bound office workers are also equally prone to plantar faciitis. If you sit all day and you live a sedentary lifestyle, the muscles on your calf and heels could become less flexible and tight. The lack of physical activity may lead to the stiffening of the tissues of the feet. So when you subject these tissues to pressure, they might get easily inflamed. The net result is the development of plantar faciitis.

Lifestyle changes and incorrect choices of footwear are also common causes of morning foot pain. For example, you may decide to take up jogging or running. If you follow incorrect exercise routines, there is a good chance that you will experience episodes of heel pain. The use of substandard flip-flops or shoes that do not provide adequate heel support can cause plantar faciitis too. Take note that this condition is also known in the medical community as the flip-flop disease. If your footwear does not have sufficient ability to absorb shock and pressure, your feet will bear the brunt of your weight.

Morning foot pain is a serious and very inconvenient condition. However, it can be treated by simply adopting the right lifestyle pattern. For example, you should stretch the muscles of your feet before you exercise. You should also make sure that your feet get enough movement in order to keep the tissues flexible. If the condition gets worse, you may use special products that are designed to treat plantar faciitis. These products may include medically approved insoles, athletic tape, foot stretchers, and shock absorbing silicone heel.

Frequently Asked Questions

    Can having heel spur cause other foot pain, besides the heel?
    Have had two cortizone injections, that worked ok. Now I have just a little heel pain, however, the top of my foot and the arches of my foot are very painful. Especially 1st thing in the morning. And if I spend too much time on my feet, like housecleaning, etc. my foot kills me even worse for several days. Or even running around the yard with the dog, if it twists funny causes severe pain. Help this is really upsetting my life.

    • ANSWER:
      It definitely can because it involves the nerves and it is likely that the same nerves being affected by the spur are the ones at the top and arches of your foot. Discuss this with your physician/podiatrist and see what more can be done to help.

    what causes the heel of your foot to have pain?
    every time i get out of bed or getting up from setting down for awhile when i start to walk my left foot only the heel is killing me with pain. i have to limp to the restroom or wherever and it takes awhile for me to be able to walk on it normal. this is happening now for almost 2 weeks.

    • ANSWER:

      not sure, not enough details to tell.

      but you could try to do a foot massage yourself

      or wear these sandals

    When I stand on the ball of my foot, my whole heel is painful. What causes the pain?
    My whole heel is painful when I raise my heel while walking, when I attempt to stand with the heel raised or stand on tip toe. Is the pain caused by achilles tendonitis or is it another type of injury? What causes the pain?

    • ANSWER:
      You may be suffering from plantar fasciitis, since that movement places undue stress on the plantar fascia. Plantar Fasciitis is a painful inflammatory condition causing heel pain and in some people, heel spurs. It can also result in arch pain. Plantar Fasciitis is often caused by abnormal pronation of the foot and improper arch support. Contributing factors are weight gain, intense physical activity, jobs that require a lot of walking or standing on hard surfaces, or shoes with poor arch support.

      Research has found that a combination of proper exercises and arch support by wearing orthotic insoles can provide effective relief for plantar fasciitis.

      An explanation of the importance that proper arch support plays in controlling over-pronation, and some stretching exercises for relief are provided in the links below:

    Does having cracked and dry skin on the heel of your foot cause pain? Is their ointment to help relieve pain?
    I got plantar fasciitis and the heel of my feet hurt. They feel very stiff and the skin get’s all dry and cracked so I feel that’s the reason why my heel feels so stiff. Is there any ointment I can apply to it so it doesn’t feel so stiff? It would probably help me walk better.

    • ANSWER:
      I was given a diagnosis like that once and it was way off from what it was. I had cracked up feet, but they can be helped by releasing the muscle under your foot, like this:
      Foot Muscle:
      With your foot in your lap place your fingers side by side at the back of the arch right in front of the heel and press in hard and hold. After 30 seconds slowly raise your toes up as far as you can, release the pressure but hold your toes there for another 30 seconds.
      After doing that one week later my feet were on the way to recovery.
      Then the pain that I was having in my foot to begin with was nothing more than my achilles tendon shortening up. When that happens it pulls on the end with the least resistance, and that was in my foot where it attaches by the heel. Here is what I did to get rid of that pain:
      Achilles tendon:
      While sitting and your leg on your lap, take both thumbs and place them side by side at about ankle height on the tendon on the back of your leg and apply pressure hard and hold. After 30 seconds slowly raise your toes up as far as you can, release the pressure but hold your foot there for another 30 seconds.

    what causes reallybad pain in heel of my foot, ?
    i suffer from anorexia and have bad pain in my foot it hurts that much it make me cry

    • ANSWER:
      a heel spur, aka bone spur

      having anorexia could make this a lot more painful.

    pain in heel of foot, caused from car accident?
    is there doctor here? Exrays show no break but after two weeks, I can not put any pressure on the heel of my foot. Pain is shooting up leg, toes seem numb, help!

    • ANSWER:
      should see ur doctor
      u’ve proberbly hert a tendon or ligament get a support fromthe chemist if the doctors dont give u one
      hope i helped :)

    What could be causing my foot pain, hand pain, and dizzy spells?
    Since May 2009 I have been suffering with extreme heel pain in my right foot which seems to originate from the backside of my leg. Today, a new problem has cropped up in the form of pain in my right hand (thumb, joint of my right thumb, and index finger). Also, for the last 2 weeks I have been experiencing intermittent dizzy spells, where the world jumps up and down and I feel like I’m going to loose consciousness. What could be causing all of this? I would appreciate input.

    • ANSWER:
      Your foot pain can be released this way:
      Pull that foot up into your lap. Take both hands and keep them about one inch apart for this. Place them at the bottom of your leg so that they can grab the tendon of the big muscle between fingers and thumb. Press down hard on the tendons and hold.
      Now relax, take a deep breath and exhale and don’ tense up any part of your body.
      After 30 seconds pull your toes up as far as they will go and hold. Remove the pressure but hold your body there for one minute more.
      Then you must be having headaches to go along with the pain you are experiencing.
      To get rid of that pain do the following. Take your hand and place it by your head so that you can shove your thumb in under your ear unto the muscle there. Then wrap your fingers around the back of the muscle group and pull them together and hold tightly.
      Relax again. When the muscle releases it will go limp in your hand, keep moving your hand so the first half of the muscles are released. Then do the same on the other side. If you continue to have any other pains let me know and I will help with them.

    Experienced Runners: Under-pronation = Heel pain. HELP!?
    I’m more of a cyclist than a runner, but have been training for a triathlon. By looking at the wear on my shoes, it seems that I am turning my left foot out (there is significant wear by the toes and ball of my foot) which is causing heel pain. My right foot/heel are fine and the tread wear isn’t nearly as bad – How can I stop my left foot from turning out and end this pain?

    Thank you for all of your help!

    • ANSWER:
      Does your heel seem the worst in the morning, and get a little better as the day goes on? If so, I’ll bet you have plantar fasciitis; been there, done that, not fun. Google it and you’ll find a medical description and lots of advice on how to fix it.

      Whether that is or isn’t what you have, an uneven tread wear pattern can indicate a mechanical problem somewhere in your legs. Could be hip, knee, any of a hundred things in your foot, who knows? You should get to a chiropractor, orthopedist, or sports doctor before the pain gets worse. Take your shoes with you. If he doesn’t want to see them, get a different doctor.

      Assuming the doctor finds nothing wrong, talk to a track coach who can watch your form in person and see exactly what you are doing wrong.

    Is there any way to get rid of heel pain?
    What causes heel pain and can one recover from this? I have extreme heel pain while walking after lying down or sitting. Sometimes the pain goes away or is just less but still present while I walk. It is really painful, even while sitting when I lift up my feet bring my heels up.

    • ANSWER:
      I can’t diagnose, of course, but it sounds a lot like plantar fasciitis

      Webmd says it ” is the most common cause of heel pain. The plantar fascia is the flat band of tissue (ligament) that connects your heel bone to your toes. It supports the arch of your foot. If you strain your plantar fascia, it gets weak, swollen, and irritated (inflamed). Then your heel or the bottom of your foot hurts when you stand or walk. ”

      It’s normally worse when you first get up from sleeping. Put on your shoes (preferably athletic shoes) when you first get out of bed. Take ibuoprophen or aspirin (not Tylenol) if you are able. And, you have to let the foot rest (sort of hard to do; humans tend to walk), and there are good exercises for it. Try icing it also.

      I can’t take ibuprophen so I ended up getting special inserts that I have to wear all the time. See the source below; it’s very thorough (of course see a dr first for a real diagnosis)

    what causes heel pain?
    as long as i am sitting either with feet up or just sitting i have very little pain or sometimes throbbing or sharp pains in the heel of my feet, but when i try to stand up and put pressure on my feet i get really bad pain in the heel up the back of my calf, i force myself to take a step but its slow going and worst in the mornings, but after i start walking the pain is still there but i manage through the work day

    • ANSWER:
      maybe its to much weight or you shoes try different shoes ot change ur diet hope this helps.

    Is an elliptical machine less likely to cause foot pain than a spin bike?
    I’ve been spinning every day and I love it for the calorie burn and the good workout. However, my but my heel is bothering a bit. I’m wondering if using the elliptical would be less likely to cause foot pain. The pain has been on the bottom of the heel, not up the Achilles.


    • ANSWER:
      The elliptical doesn’t make your feet hurt, I do it like every night.

    What is causing my foot pain from running?
    A couple days ago I ran 5 miles. Since then, my right foot has been in pain every time I take a step on it. I’ve been looking up on what it could be, and can’t figure it out. I don’t think it’s Plantar Fasciitis because there isn’t pain when I apply pressure to the heel. The pain seems to be right in the middle of my foot, and only when I walk on it.

    When I walk on only the heel or ball of the foot, there is a lot less pain (of course, it looks silly doing this). So it’s only when I shift my weight from the back of the foot to the front, going over the middle.
    I have a triathlon in a couple weeks so I want to figure out what this is a.s.a.p. and fix it quickly. Any help would be greatly appreciated!!

    • ANSWER:
      I had the same thing and it is Plantar Fascitis. Ice it down, stretch alot and just rest it for a while.

    What could cause severe heel pain?
    The pain is constant. There is some discomfort in the joint of two toes on the same foot with the heel pain. My walk is sometimes unbalanced. I only use tennis shoes because they seem to help.

    • ANSWER:
      Fibromatosis plantar fasciaitis: Its pain in heel or can be heel spurs: “splitting of bone”. I work for a foot specialist and we see these types of things daily. If your instep is unbalanced, you can get a custom molded insert “like the over the counter ones you slip in your shoes” but these are made by you walking over a computerized mat that will custom mold to your walking pattern since everyone is different. Most insurance companies cover. If you have no insurace they are about 0.00. I would go see a foot/ankle doctor and have an xray or ultrasound done of the area that is causing the pain. As far as your toe pain… could variy depending on what the doctor diagnosis you with.

    heel spur foot pain need help ayurvedic or homeopathic treatment?
    due cancer thyroid was removed which caused 4 quadrupple by pass number of complicationsrisen due to that . EX.
    water was filling up inbtween the lungs and water was removed at Yale Hospital number of times.
    Sternum is healing its been almost 2 and a half months+ since
    Problem is she developed heel spur over 2 weeks ago. Foot pain is severe.
    She saw the Dr in Stamford CT. gave her some medication and its not working she refused to get cortizone injection which some times does not work. Any one can guide where to some Heel pain treatment.
    Ice is always recomended.
    I am going to order foot ice pad comes with a velcrow ( Gel Pad) to lower the pain .
    she has bone that was extended in the foot . other option is surgery.
    Any one can guide us with alternatives like Ayurveda or Homeopathic cure treatment or anything any one who knows the best cure or treatment that works please.

    • ANSWER:
      Bone spurs are actually a deficiency of calcium which causes the body to leach calcium from the bone. As the calcium is being leached, it form an eruption. This eruption is the bone spur.

      The bone spurs can be dissolved by using OsteoMatrix (calcium magnesium) plus Alfalfa Complex. This can take place within a few days. Using Vita-Lea and OsteoMatrix on a regular basis can keep them from reappearing.

      Hope this is helpful and feel free to contact me with questions.

    What causes heel pain?
    I am a 28 yr old woman who’s 5ft 4in.tall and weighs approx. 220lbs. On both of my heels, i get dried skin very bad. So bad that the skin cracks becuase its so dry. On my left heel, I have a small cut like crack on it that makes it painful to put pressure on while walking.

    I dont wear sandals, or flip flops a lot because it embarasses me. I do have one of those ped egg things and that helps. But what can I do to make the dryness and cracks go away?? Also how can I keep that part of my foot moisturized?

    Hurts to Walk

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    There’s a bump/hole under my heel that causes pain?
    It is located in the middle of my heel on the bottom of my foot, right before where the heel turns into the back of the foot. If you stand straight up, and lift your toes off the ground, the part of your heel with the most pressure on it is where this thing is.

    I noticed it a long time ago, maybe when I was 10? (I am 17 now).

    It used to look like a little crater, about 2mm in diameter (Metric system, I’m Canadian). And i couldn’t see how deep the hole was cause it was dark. More recently, within the last year, I noticed it started to close up. Instead of looking like a a hole it looks like a little patch of callus.

    The annoying part about it is the pain. It is a very sharp pain. I can only feel it when I put direct pressure on that spot. It feels like there is a nail getting driven into a very sensitive part of my heel. It’s hard to explain, but its not an external pain, it feels like its coming from inside.

    The reason I am only worrying about it now as opposed to 7 years ago, is because lately I can feel it more. It’s not painful, but I can just feel it even when there’s no pressure on it. I’ve become used to walking without putting pressure on it somehow.

    Because of this, I got frustrated and tried to find out more about this stupid thing so I dug into my heel. I know it sounds gross, but nothing on my own body grosses me out and this thing has to go.

    I took away all the callus, and under it there was really, really sensitive tissue. It hurt just to touch it, the same way it had always hurt (on the inside). This tissue was only about 1mm below the surface of the callus, and after touching it for a short time blood started to trickle up from underneath. It never actually came out of my heel, but it stained all the tissue red and I decided it was too painful to go any further.

    I assure you that I did this very cleanly, but If anybody has any idea what this is it would be greatly appreciated. I tried doing some research but I couldn’t find anything that was like it. It’s not a cyst or a heel stud and I don’t think it’s some kind of freak wart…

    • ANSWER:
      You might be interested in taking a look at to help you determine if you might be suffering from a heel spur.

    What is causing my foot pain in the morning?
    Every morning I climb out of bed to a bad pain in the bottom of my left foot. This pain gradually decreases after about 4 hours and is gone until the next morning. This started near the ending of August this year. A week before all this I had felt something sting me in that foot but that area was closer to my toes while the pain is closer to my heel so I don’t know if that’s it.

    • ANSWER:
      Everyone has a fibrous tissue that runs across the bottom of their foot- the plantar fascia. In your case, it could have become inflamed at its attachment to the heel bone. This stress causes the fascia to pull away from the bone and can be painful, especially with those first few steps in the morning.

      It is more painful in the morning because overnight, the plantar fascia has become cold and constricted overnight, thus more prone to tearing away from the connection point at the heel bone under the weight of your body. After a few steps, the blood begins to circulate, the fascia becomes warm and more elastic and the pain subsides somewhat.

    preventing foot pain?
    I’m only 25, but have always had a lot of foot/knee/ankle pain. I’m not overweight & have no major medical or orthopedic problems. I broke my foot as a kid & was told that I had calcium build up on my heels. It caused pain, but wearing shoes & gel heel pads helped. It’s not a prob now.

    Recently, the sides of my feet next to the smallest toe have been very sore (one &/or both). There is not any ovbious reason for the pain- no bruise, callous… Looking online, the closest guess I have is that it might be a mild Taylor’s bunion. Perhaps related to the heel pain (or the fact that I hate to have bare feet on floors), I often stand on the outer edges of my feet (w/ knees locked) or sit w/ the outer edges touching the floor (rather than the soles of my feet). I don’t walk like that- it would be painful & not efficient (would roll my ankle). I don’t mean to stand that way, but it’s like hands on hips or slouching in a chair- a habit with bad posture! Anyone have similar probs or help?

    • ANSWER:
      So, when I was about 40, I guess, I finally broke down and saw a podiatrist. He had me change the way I wore shoes (I went up a size) and put me in orthotics (foot supports).

      Basically, no problems since then. My insurance covered it and the orthotics have lasted 10 years now.

      I also was hurting bad at the same time under the ball of the right foot and that has settled down as well.

      I suggest seeing a podiatrist.

    Can endometriosis cause pain in foot soles, heels, thighs and hips?
    I have referal pains with a feeling of stretch in the nerves in my heels specially when I bend. They are not like disk hernia pains. And do not have any relation to my periods

    • ANSWER:
      Sometimes in cases of sciatic or nerve Endometriosis, unusual symptoms may crop up as a result, and not always in relation to the cycle (i.e., the pain can be a problem at anytime, period or not). However, it is best to rule out musculoskeletal or compression problems first before assuming a diagnosis and subsequent treatment of Endometriosis. If all other possibilities are ruled out, then pursue the Endo diagnosis with a highly qualified Endo specialist who understands the disease (see for such a center). Good luck to you.

    My orthotics are causing heel pain in one of my feet.?
    I know that the simple answer is to go back to the dr, but I can’t afford that. I had tendonitis which I had to go to 5 months of phys therapy for, and they gave me orthotics to wear. I’m not sure if the orthotics are helping my tendonitis because my foot stopped hurting before I started wearing the orthotics. But now the other foot is hurting in the heel area when I wear the orthotics. Should I just stop wearing the one in the right shoe or is that bad for my joints because it’s uneven? Or should I just stop wearing them?

    • ANSWER:
      If you do stop wearing the orthotics together then it will be an imbalance in your gait (which is your step and your distribution of weight during walking)..and it will not help either limb.
      I would, if I were you, give the orthotic people a call and tell them what is happening. Tell them you want to avoid coming in if you can but that you need their advice over the phone. Explain the symptoms and perhaps they can guide you in the right direction without you setting foot out the door (no punn intended).
      Maybe you can find a shoe in your wardrobe that is the same height as that of the left shoe? Then you will have an even balance.
      Aside from that, giving your feet a rest when possible, given you may work or go to school or something, I am not sure, but there has to be a time during your break of the day you can releive your feet of the orthotics and give them a good rest, elevateing them and perhaps rubbing the sore points with some cream. Peppermint cream is good, it soothes tired and aching joints.
      At night, elecrtic soda crystals are good to releive the tension and pain in joints too.

    how do i heel the pain caused by cructches?
    I recently cracked three toes on my right foor and have to use crutches to walk. Al though it keeps my foot from pain, the crutches make my armpits and chest muscles soar because the constant rubbing of them when i walk, and the stress it puts on my chest muscles. any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      First of all, I am sorry about your toes. Secondly, you are not supposed to rest your armpits under the crutches you want to be able to fit your hand underneath (about four to five inches below your armpit). Your arms do get tired but taking frequent rests from walking helps. Also you can put towels or I believe they actually make these things to go over the rubber to help stop it from rubbing. Hot baths or heating pads help at night to looses the sore muscles. You may also find ice helpful but make sure to wrap the ice in towels as to not get burned (it really is possible). Good luck and I hope you feel better soon. = )

    What is the cause of pain on the bottom of the heel of the foot without any swelling?

    • ANSWER:
      I have had that feeling, and it is a heel spur or a bone spur, feels like a bruised place. I experienced the most pain in the morning, but after walking on it for a bit, the pain abated. The best treatment is time, unfortunately, and trying to find a good shoe that protects your foot from impact.

    What Is Causing Foot Pain?
    For the past two months or so, I have developed pain on the right side of my left foot, just above the heel. There isn’t generally pain when I’m off my feet, but the moment I start to walk, I feel it, and walking seems to cause the pain to radiate through the right side of my foot. It’s not necessarily unbearable pain, but it can get pretty painful and tough to walk, to the point where I’m only using one side of my foot to walk.

    I’m not necessarily athletic, though I do walk a lot. In fact, there are some days when, after working a lot of hours, I’ll come home and find the heel of my foot enlarged with a white color. So there’s been some strange things going on with the foot. Does anyone know what’s causing this?


    • ANSWER:
      I’m wondering if it could be a heel spur. These articles may help you. I once had an over-the-counter gel type heel pad that helped me. Good luck!

    Partially torn ligaments in ankle, pain in the back of the foot above the heel?
    I severely sprained my ankle about 4+ weeks ago and the diagnosis was that i had partially torn 2 ligaments. I was prescribed a walking boot which i wore for about a week. My foot is still painful but i can walk and even run I do however still feel pain in the back of my foot above the heel. There’s pain when i extend the foot full length and when i rescind it back. There is also pain in the area where i tore the ligaments (the outside of my right ankle) when i try to stretch that area. Doctor told me my achilles tendon was in place and there were no fractures, i had x-rays done. What could be causing pain in the back of my heel?
    Could it be a stress fracture in the heel?

    • ANSWER:
      Call the doctor that diagnosed you and gave you the boot. Sounds like it’s your ligaments to me.

      Best of luck to you!

    What causes pain and stiffness in the heels of my feet?
    When I first get up, I notice there is alot of stiffness and pain around the heels of my feet. It takes a few minutes of standing or walking to get used to it.My wife thinks its because I have put on weight after quitting smoking. All I know is it hurts.

    • ANSWER:
      There is a condition called plantar faciitis (morning first step pain) that is very common in our society. It is ligament issue which becomes damaged (inflammation) either by trauma or over use. Over use is excessive standing, walking and standing on hard surfaces . Trauma could be some sudden impact to the bottom of the foot. (your wife is correct. adding on weight can be a contributor) If it goes untreated it only gets worse. In some cases it could lead to the need for surgery. The plantar ligament becomes inflammed and tightens when you are not in a weight bearing (standing or walking) position. Once you add weight, pain. There are good inexpensive solutions. There is a great web site,, that is interactive. They have a Pedorthist (a foot specialist including diabetic foot care ) who interacts with customers. They have youtube videos and eventually they will offer weekly live broadcasting for customers. The Pedorhist will discuss a particular foot problem and then Customers will ask questions that the Pedorthist will answer on live broadcast and Twitter. You might want to check them out. I know that they are still getting their interactive tools up and running but until then you might send an email with your question. Good luck

    Throbbing pain throughout foot, causes and cures?
    I’ve had a strange sensation on the bottom of my foot for a few days now, kind of like a throbbing inner pain that comes and goes. It seems to move around between the heel, arch, and sole of my foot (or any combination at the same time), and sometimes it gets so strong I feel it up my lower leg and knee. It hurts more when I’m resting and not moving around, the position my legs/feet are in doesn’t seem to matter. It doesn’t always hurt when I’m moving/walking, but it sometimes feels like a really strong cramping sensation. I can move my foot and touch it/bend it without any pain. It doesn’t seem to have any correlation to how much I stand/sit or exercise.
    Painkillers, stretching, and soaking it aren’t helping.
    Does anyone know what I can do to get rid of the pain or what might be causing it?

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    What could be the cause behind my extreme heel pain?
    The heels of my foot hurt very bad. It’s almost too painful to stand or walk for very long. When I run my hand over my foot, I feel one spot that is raised on both feet. It’s pretty much in the same spot on both feet. You can’t see the spot but you can feel it. I have no idea what this could be. I do however think that I know the cause. I’d like your feedback on this and what you think. Since it’s been cold, I’ve been wearing socks only on my feet instead of my regular flip flops and since I’ve been doing this that’s when I’ve noticed the problem. Please help me on what I can do to relieve the pain and also help me to find what’s causing this!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Well it could be a number of things, if it is on the bottom of your heel, it could be a heel spur, ouch… or a bruise, or the tendon could be dry and stretched, very painful. the best thing to do is to take a got bath, stay off of it for a few days and see if that helps.

      If after a few days it still hurts, you may want to go to the health food store to the vitamen dept and ask the person that works there what would they suggest for this type of pain. Show them where it hurts, describe how it feels and when it hurts. that should do it.

    i have a sharp shooting pain in the heel of my foot. what could this be?
    recently out of no where while sitting around the house i got a sharp shooting pain in the heel of my foot. it happened a few times and then happened a day or two later but hasnt happened since. i recently started a work out of walking and running but that was back in october and didnt have this pain until a week ago. what could it be? i looked up heel spur but it says they dont cause pain. ???
    ido have good walking and running shoes. i also have high arches but its like my ankles turn in and down. i wear arch supports it helps alittle but i dont have the pain while working out.

    • ANSWER:
      last year I had the exact same problem I got an xray nd theu said that nothin was wrong. It eventually just went away on its own tho. I advise getting an xray just incase nd if nothing is wrong then you may wanna soak it in hot water. Its unexplainable, nd it really hurts but if you had wat I did, it WILL go away.

    Stabbing pain in the arch of my foot towards my heel?
    Around 2:00 today I started getting a stabbing pain in the arch of my right foot. The pain is in my arch close to my heel. It has slowly gotten worse since 2:00 and at this point it hurts to walk on it and even move my foot around. I don’t think I injured my foot in anyway this pain just kind of appeared. Anyone know what could be causing this pain? What can I do to help the pain?
    The pain is getting worse and worse. I can’t even apply pressure to my heel anymore without being in a lot of pain.

    • ANSWER:
      This may be plantar fasciitis. You can tear, stretch, or inflame the tissue that connects your toes to your heelbone

      Read more about plantar fasciitis at

      Plantar fasciitis pain can be treated with RICE: rest, ice, compression, and elevation. You can also take NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) like Motrin, Ibuprofen, and Aleve.

      Once injured, the plantar fascia is then prone to being injured again and again as it can heal slowly and imperfectly. These exercises, once you are relatively pain-free (hopefully in a week), can help:

      You can also assure your shoes give proper arch support (no flip-flops) and avoid walking long distances on concrete.

    what are some causes for short term severe foot pain?
    I was at work this evening (I’m a waitress) when all of a sudden I took a step and nearly fell over from the severe pain my right foot was in. It was pain located in the heel, back of lower foot and ankle region. I could but absolutely no weight on it without pain shooting through my foot. Then, a few minutes later it was gone and didn’t happen the rest of the evening. This is the first time this has happened to me.
    It’s not a particularly busy restaurant so it is a very stress-free environment and not a very active job.

    A couple years ago I lost feeling in the right side of my right calf between my ankle and knee.
    Could it be related?

    I’ve never had high blood pressure, or diabetes.


    • ANSWER:

      From your description its very hard to tell exactly why you have this pain, but it sounds like a nerve issue.
      If you can answer these question I will be able to give you a better answer:

      1) Do you see any redness on your heel?
      2) Where exactly did it hurt in your heel?
      3) Is it sensitive to the touch?
      4) Do you have high or low arches?
      5) What kind of shoes you usually wear?

      For now I would suggest you do a blood test and also try and see if you had similar instances.

      I also advise you to buy orthotics to wear in your shoes.

      You can write to me directly if you prefer at

      Feel better and Good luck!

    Walking in High Heels causes Arch Pain?
    So I have this pair of 4″ high heels and it’s no problem walking around in them – in my house that is. Even walking outside around on my driveway doesn’t hurt at all. Then; as soon as I start walking on the side walk or down this road to the bus stop (which doesn’t have a side walk) my feet start to hurt IMMENSELY. And it’s not the “ball of your feet/heel/toe” pain that I’ve seen in most of these other high heel questions. It’s a very sharp and straining pain in my arches. What I’m wondering is do you know why this area of my feet hurt? And if so; is there anything I can do about it?

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    Strange heel pain on right foot.?
    My right Heel sometimes gets a strange pain (think bumping your elbow with needles) if I walk/run too much or if I accidentally hit it. It feels like I just have the heel bone covered in skin, no flesh, fat or cartilage to protect it while my left heel is normal. The only cause I can think of would be a few years ago I hurt my right foot lifting some boxes, and occasionally get some muscle pain. I just want to know how to fix this, please help! Thanks.

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    Pain on back of foot and heel when walking esp. after exercise? Any ideas or stretches that could help?
    I am about 50 lbs. overweight and have begun exercising on an elliptical machine for 30-45 minutes every day. Last week, my heel started hurting after exercise and then after I sit a while and get up to walk it feels really stiff. Any ideas on what I can do to stretch it or what is causing it? It’s only on the right side, left foot is fine.

    • ANSWER:
      It’s probably a touch of Achilles tendinitis. Overuse and overstretching the Achilles sounds like a likely injury using the elliptical machine. Ice is the absolute best thing you can do, it is so underused because of it’s simplicity & inconvenience. Aleve(naproxen) will help with the irratation & swelling (in the future take it ASAP…most effective) aspirin for pain & lay of anything that may aggravate the injury. I know it defeats the purpose, but it is what it is. Also, you might have to begin a serious stretching routine desinged for the achilles if it becomes chronic, google it & see what you can find. Some people, including myself had had success with elevated heel pads, by design it decreases the length you achilles has to stretch…try it. Lastly, good running shoes. They have the natural elevated arch and keep you from pronating & supinating inappropaitely. Here’s a link with more info…hope this helps!

    exercise shoes that dont cause heel pain?
    im a size eleven shoe size ( yes im a girl =( ) and i have back problems (i get back pain while running) when i strike my heel on the pavement the pain radiates to my back. its annoying for me to find shoes because one of my feet is half a size bigger.

    does anyone know any shoe that is good for exercise and wont cause me heel pain. and would also be great if its not over 0. any suggestions would be great. please help!

    • ANSWER:

    What is causing the severe pain in my foot?
    I have been experiencing severe pain in my foot. Mainly in the arch and on the heel of the foot. Its like a burnig and stinging pain. The past few days when I wake up in the morning I can barely walk on the foot. The pain is getting so severe that I am actually starting to walk on the side of my foot just to keep the pressure off the foot. Any ideas what this could be?

    • ANSWER:
      could be a bone spur, plantar’s wart, hair line fracture, pulled tendon or any number of things. you need to see the doctor and maybe have it x-rayed. have your blood glucose taken because that is also a symptom of peripheral neuropathy, one of the pre-stages of diabetes.

    please help, foot pain since March 2009?
    I am really getting discouraged in getting rid of a pain I have had in my ankle/heal area. Sorry for this long background I am about to give but it may help someone give me some ideals. I would greatly appreciate any help you can give me.

    I assume I got the pain from running, I ran about 3-4 miles a day back in March 2009. I also participated in a sprinting race in jeans (it was for a special school event). A day or two after that race I had horrid pain in the heel, especially in the morning. During the sprinting race I remember I was about to run into a runner in front of me so I had to slow rapidly and I kinda pushed into the ground with my foot on my tip toes (because I was in a dead sprint). I had no pain after the race, my legs only felt a bit weird. Maybe that had something to do with it?

    Anyway the bad pain continued for months, and was always worse in the morning. I completely stopped running after the pain started. When my semester ended in May I went to a doctor who told me it was probably tendinitis because they took xrays and did not notice anything out of the ordinary. I went to physical therapy for a few weeks but it didn’t do too much. Eventually after resting and resting it the pain is very minimal. I notice it wen I first walk in the morning and it kinda fades in an out. I am able to run but I do still fell the pain, but it does not increase during running.

    Only recently I have noticed my ankle/ heel with the pain cracks a lot. I can move my foot up and down and I feel/hear a popping like sound. Sometimes there is pain-sometimes not. But what really causes pain is pulling down on my foot. I put my hand on the top front part of my foot and lightly pull. there is quit a bit of pain with it. And just a few days ago I found that when the pain in really bad when I do that I can pop my ankle, (never have I done this before) and then when I pull on my foot the pain in the back of my heel/ ankle are has greatly decreased. It actually just happened to me when I was writing this, there is almost no pain now when I pull on my foot. Before cracking it there was a lot of pain. Is something getting pinched, do I have a joint coming out of place? Any thoughts would be appreciated.

    Thank you for taking the time and reading this.

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds like you could be experiencing one of a couple of things. I am a Pedorthist (feet specialist) and I deal with this type of issue frequently. While only a physician can give you a specific diagnosis, I can tell you that you could be experiencing plantar faciitis, achillies tendonitis, hair fracture or heel spur. (sorry for some of the spelling). I suggest that you visit They have a group of Pedorthist who interacts with customers in helping them to find solutions. They have a great track record. They also have some great products for different feet and feet related problems. They are developing an interactive feature to their site (see contact page, youtube, twitter etc.) but until it is up and running you can email them at They also have a blog on home page and a link “Find Your Problem” also on their home page.

    Please help, foot pain since March 2009?
    I am really getting discouraged in getting rid of a pain I have had in my ankle/heal area. Sorry for this long background I am about to give but it may help someone give me some ideals. I would greatly appreciate any help you can give me.

    I assume I got the pain from running, I ran about 3-4 miles a day back in March 2009. I also participated in a sprinting race in jeans (it was for a special school event). A day or two after that race I had horrid pain in the heel, especially in the morning. During the sprinting race I remember I was about to run into a runner in front of me so I had to slow rapidly and I kinda pushed into the ground with my foot on my tip toes (because I was in a dead sprint). I had no pain after the race, my legs only felt a bit weird. Maybe that had something to do with it?

    Anyway the bad pain continued for months, and was always worse in the morning. I completely stopped running after the pain started. When my semester ended in May I went to a doctor who told me it was probably tendinitis because they took xrays and did not notice anything out of the ordinary. I went to physical therapy for a few weeks but it didn’t do too much. Eventually after resting and resting it the pain is very minimal. I notice it wen I first walk in the morning and it kinda fades in an out. I am able to run but I do still fell the pain, but it does not increase during running.

    Only recently I have noticed my ankle/ heel with the pain cracks a lot. I can move my foot up and down and I feel/hear a popping like sound. Sometimes there is pain-sometimes not. But what really causes pain is pulling down on my foot. I put my hand on the top front part of my foot and lightly pull. there is quit a bit of pain with it. And just a few days ago I found that when the pain in really bad when I do that I can pop my ankle, (never have I done this before) and then when I pull on my foot the pain in the back of my heel/ ankle are has greatly decreased. It actually just happened to me when I was writing this, there is almost no pain now when I pull on my foot. Before cracking it there was a lot of pain. Is something getting pinched, do I have a joint coming out of place? Any thoughts would be appreciated.

    Thank you for taking the time and reading this.

    • ANSWER:
      you may have planter fasciitis which causes destruction of the heel and a lot of pain. the popping in and out of place is common for runners because air gets in between joints, causing that sound to occur. But if the bone in your ankle really hurts, you may want to first try adding more calcium to your diet(also helps with shin splints)and if this does not work, try seeing a doctor again if you didn’t already before, a pediatrist. hope you get better!

    back of heel pain ; what could be the causes? detailed explanation please.?
    i’ve had foot problems all my life but recently my left foot has been bothering me with pain in the back of the heel. its as if something is being pulled and it does not affect my daily activities but it does bother me more often than not. my feet are flat – could that be a contribution to the pain?
    i’ve looked online for some help and all i can find is about how the ankle can bring some issues into that and while i do have ankle problems its in the other foot…so i don’t know how that’s being affected…

    i’ll visit a doctor either way, but i was wondering if anyone could tell me what causes are there, what treatments are there and how this can be prevented ; or any sort of information that can help me. please do :)

    • ANSWER:

    Walking in heals STOPS my foot pain! How can this be?

    Long story short, I got some negative feedback about my “Clunky Shoes” from friends and family and started wearing flats. Everyone told me that heels will kill my feet and cause problems, et.

    After a while, my left heel started to hurt…

    I kept wearing my “Healthy Flats” and my heel pain just kept getting worse, no matter how much I stretched or how often I massaged it…

    I got some Insoles for Heel Pain and those helped a little but the pain came back again when I took the shoes off and went a day without shoes on at all.

    So I thought about the timeline of when my pain started and realized it was when I switched from Heels to Flats and I just wore my old pair of heels again and my foot feels GREAT!

    Is it the heels that is making my feet feel better?

    They aren’t super high, they are about 2 inches with a large heel base for stability, not Pumps.

    Is this an anecdotal connection?
    The shoes I am talking about are similar to these:

    I do have flat feet, I know that is what the problem is, but why does the pain stop when I wear heels?

    • ANSWER:
      My sister has the same problem and I don’t remember what she said the doctor told her the name of the condition was, but she has to wear shoes with at least somewhat of a heel height to them to keep her feet from hurting. She also uses the remedy that I’ve suggested to several who have problems with the feet or problems that originate from poor foot conditions. The remedy sounds “off the wall,” but really does work well. Take two toad frogs about the size of half a golf ball and put them inside two good quality balloons and tie hard knots in the necks of the balloons. Place the cushions in your shoes and adjust them under your heels so that when you stand on them, your weight is distributed on them squarely and they don’t push to one side. These cushions last up to 12 hours of continuous standing, walking, and/or jogging and unlike most of the high priced commercial heel cushions they don’t just flatten out under your weight and offer little cushion. They’re like standing or walking on air bubbles. In your case they would lift your heel somewhat which may help you to wear flats again. Might be worth a try. Hope it works for you!

    What causes pain in the heels of your feet?

    • ANSWER:
      Cause of Heel Pain
      Too much walking or standing could be a possibility, or possibly standing incorrectly. Go to a foot doctor and have them look if it doesn’t get better. A lot of people don’t stand or walk on their feet correctly. Most of the time some inserts into your shoes will help correct the problem. Another possibility is heel spurs.

      This may also be a sign of bursitis, where the pain in heel of the foot is common. A doctor once said this may be due to obesity. The heel (generally the foot) carries the whole weight of the body and if you are too heavy, the first part of your body to suffer the change in it is the heel. A friend of mine once have this.

      Ironically, not walking enough can also make your feet sore because they are not used to walking. It sounds more like your shoes are the culprit, if you wear a lot of high heels that can cause sore feet, and swapping them with comfy shoes for a while wile help and then rotate between, i.e. heels one day comfy shoes the next.

      If the pain persists, please see your doctor for a proper diagnosis and treatment.

      If you are experiencing pain at the heel and pain on the inside of the heel or in the arch of your foot and if there if stiffness after rest, it could possibly be Plantar Fasciitis. This is an inflammation of the plantar fascia that connects from your heel bone to your toes. Stretching your feet & calves and using a frozen ice bottle to roll under your feet help tremendously. A leg and foot massage will help loosen all muscles and tendons that are used in walking.

    what causes extreme shooting pains into the heels of your foot out of nowwhere? Even when your off them?
    I’ll be driving, watching a movie, or at work when these crippling pains like someone is shoving an ice pick or butcher knife up into my heel. I don’t understand what it could be. any ideas? I get worried cuz it hurts so bad I almost wrecked the car over it!

    • ANSWER:
      Hello Carol,

      With the info you provided its impossible to give a good answer.

      * Where exactly in your heel does it hurt?
      * Does it hurt after you have been resting / sleeping as well?
      * What type of a shoe you wear to work?
      * Do you feel pain when you walk?
      * Is the pain lingering?

      If you can provide answers to these questions then I will be able to provide a good answer.

    What could be the cause of awful heel pain?
    My right heel has been sore for the last 2 days or so. Tonight though it got really bad and I’m hardly able to put pressure on my foot. It was also hurting pretty bad when I was laying down too.

    I did the elliptical at the gym a few times last week, though my heel didn’t seem to bother me then…so I’m not sure if that could be the cause…?

    I have never had this problem before and I have no other symptoms or anything.

    Any ideas on what this could be? Any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      maybe heel spurs they really hurt but cortisone shots help. they can tell in an ex-ray. try using an insole just under the sore heel for a few days and if not better it’s time for the doctor.

    I have a pain in my foot…on the bottom on the heel by the arch. Does anyone know what this could be?
    It hurts the most in the morning, but hurts all day. It’s causing pain all the way up my leg and even makes my leg hurt when I drive. I can walk on it, but it does hurt a little when I walk. This started a couple of days after I spent about four hours standing in pretty much one spot.

    • ANSWER:
      If this just strated due to standing the 4 hours maybe you need some good orthotics for your shoes. Or maybe just a different pair of shoes.
      Try that and see if they help, if no improvement you may want to get x-rays.
      You could have several things going on like Fred said(Plantar Fasciitis)
      I have included a web page with a forum and information to better help you.

    what caused this heel pain?
    about a year ago when I played in a school soccer competition in the middle of the game my right heel suddenly feel painful when I run or even walk.

    then a friend massaged my foot a bit. then the pain reduced and the next day the pain had gone.

    but about a week ago the same pain happened again and it lasted for about two days.

    does anyone know what caused the pain and how to prevent it from happening again?


    • ANSWER:
      If it is plantar fasciitis (inflammation of the plantar fascia on the bottom of the foot that causes heel pain) the best things to do is to stretch your calves and massage the bottom of the foot along with strengthening the calf.

    What is the best snowboard boot for a woman who is sick of the pain and heel lift caused by my thirtytwo boots?
    I have had thirtytwo’s for a couple of years…molded them to my feet…and have had nothing but feet cramps, extreme heel lifting…no control over my snowboard…and the worst pain I have ever been in. I just want good snowboard boots that can let me enjoy snowboarding like I used to. I need some good affordable suggestions.
    How about the kind of boot that is good for each of those brands you listed below?

    • ANSWER:
      thirty two is one of the better companies other than that DC,Rome, Vans are good also but everybody’s feet are different so what works for me may not work for you

    Intense Pain in in the heel of my foot when pressure is applied, but my x-rays came back perfect?
    So Since about June this year the heel of my right leg really hurts. For the most part I can walk sometimes without pain, sometimes with a very dull pain with each step that doesn’t really effect me. The problem is really when I step on something raised right on the heel. Say I step on a wire that’s on the floor and it hits my heel; the pain is so intense I have to stop whatever I’m doing and wait five minutes for the pain to recede
    I told this to my doctor in about September, who chalked it up to pain from my muscles and tendons fusing together or something because I stopped growing recently. She even looked at it. She could see the obvious swelling near the arch, but when she tried to push on it to find the source of pain nothing happened. This only happens when it’s my full body weight. She said there was nothing she could do.
    A few months later it was still bothering me so she referred me to get some x-rays done. They came back and they didn’t see anything that could be causing me pain, so they went back with what the doctor said before, and they told me to wear better shoes then my Converse All Stars.
    it’s been really bugging me, and my doctors won’t do anything for me. i was wondering if anyone might know what this is?
    Thank you!

    • ANSWER:

      From your description its very hard to tell especially after you had it checked by a Doctor, But what comes to mind could be Severs Disease which is common in teenagers, it’s basically a growing issue in the back of the heel and it goes away once the bones and tendons stop growing.

      If you can answer these question I will be able to give you a better answer:

      1) Do you see any redness on your heel?
      2) Where exactly does it hurt in your heel?
      3) Does it hurt more after you rest or sleep?
      4) Is there a bump on the back of your heel?
      5) Does it also hurt when you are not walking?
      6) Are you active in some sports or the gym?

      For now I would suggest normal treatment which involves stretching and icing at least 4 times a day.

      You should also wear good supportive shoes with good arch supports.

      If it still doesn’t go away after a few more days then I suggest you make an appointment with a Podiatrist.

      Again, if you can answer my question regarding your pain I will be able to help you further.

      You can write me directly at if you prefer.

      Feel better and Good luck!

    What could be the cause of my foot pain?
    yesterday i woke up and my foot hurt, just above my right heel. it hurts when i pull my foot upwards and when i run, i get this really hot feeling above my heel where it hurts. and there is even a knob just under the area where it hurts. it doesn’t hurt much now, but i was wondering what this could be?
    ps sorry for my bad english i’m not a native speaker

    • ANSWER:
      Sound like planta facisitis / heel spur.

      Plantar fasciitis is a common, painful foot condition. Plantar fasciitis refers to the syndrome of inflammation of the band of tissue that runs from the heel along the arch of the foot; a heel spur is a hook of bone that can form on the heel bone (calcaneus). About 70% of patients with plantar fasciitis have been noted to have a heel spur that can be seen on X-Ray.

      The pain usually is felt on the underside of the heel and is often most intense with the first steps when getting out of bed in the morning. Plantar Fasciitis is presented by a sharp stabbing pain at the bottom or front of the heel bone.

      In most cases, the pain is more severe when getting up, following periods of inactivity (e.g. sleep or sitting). After walking for a while the sharp pain subsides and turns into a dull ache. Heel pain can also develop after long walks, standing for hours, sports or running.

      The main cause of Plantar Fasciitis is over-pronation, therefore custom insoles or orthotics and good supportive shoes/ trainers are good. If you have suddenly gained weight tis may also be a cause.

      Strapping the foot can help relieve pain, as well as ice and anti-inflammatory gels.

      If you have a heel spur you need to see a doctor as sometimes you need to have it removed.

    what is the cause of very painfull foot at the heel like throbing pain increases while am sitting down?

    • ANSWER:
      Maybe you have arthritis. Have your uric acid level checked.

    Why do my ice hockey skates cause pain on the right side of my heel on my right foot?
    I use nike bauer supreme one35s and theyt are wide fitting, I have flat feet aswell, and when I have the skates on for a few minutes I get an excruciating pain on the right side of my heel on my right foot. Is there a reason for this? At the end of the session the pain is even worse once I take my foor out of the skate.

    Also my left foot is bigger than my right foot, but the right foor is wider

    • ANSWER:
      I would take the skates you your local shop. They should be able to help you out. They should have a skate oven that will help mold the skates to your feet. They also have the knowledge to help figure out the issue.

    What could be the cause of my heel pain?
    Over the last few weeks I’ve noticed increasing pain along with a tingly sensation in my left heel. It hurts to walk on it and the pain gets a bit better while I’m sitting down. My feet tend to roll inwards as well.
    Could this be what’s called a heel spur? Are there any ways of easing this pain and what could it be?

    • ANSWER:

      First of all I am sorry that you have this pain which prevents you from standing/walking normally.

      However, from your description it is very hard to determine exactly what is wrong with your heel.

      If it’s not too much of a hassle then definitely have it checked out by a Podiatrist, but if you don’t want to or can’t, then follow these home remedies.

      1) In general you should be completely resting your injured foot – No walking or standing at all (Use crutches if needed)

      2) Ice your heel at least 4 times a day, either by applying ice directly or by rolling a frozen bottle under your heel when you sit down.

      3) Take pain medication like Advil only if needed

      Now, you say you might have a “heel spur” but In order to understand your condition better and to give you a better diagnosis please answer these questions:

      1) Is it sensitive to the touch/press on it?
      2) Where exactly is the pain located in your heel?
      3) Do you have high or low arches in your feet?
      4) Is there any redness or bruising visible?
      5) What kind of shoes you usually wear?
      6) Did you start any sports activities lately?

      You can write to me directly if you prefer, my email is in my profile.

      Good luck and feel better