Heel Pain

Heel Pain

Conditions that Cause Heel Pain

There are multiple conditions that can lead to heel pain. To better help you understand your condition, we have detailed explanations of the most common causes of heel pain listed below.  Click the learn more buttons for additional information on a specific condition including symptoms, treatments and videos.

If you’re not sure which condition is causing your pain. Don’t hesitate to contact us! Whether you need a routine checkup, a simple corrective shoe insert or foot surgery, Houston Foot & Ankle is equipped to handle all your podiatric needs.

Achilles Tendonitis

The body’s strongest tendon, the Achilles tendon is commonly injured during athletic activity. At some point, many athletes become familiar with persistent pain and soreness below the calf, known as Achilles tendonitis.

Arthritic Foot & Ankle Care

With 33 joints and a remarkable daily weight load, it’s no wonder that feet are especially prone to arthritis. Arthritis is a potentially debilitating condition that affects almost 40 million Americans, most of them over age 50. The disease causes inflammation and swelling of the cartilage and lining of the joints, generally accompanied by an increase in the fluid in the joints. —an especially painful situation for the feet and ankles.

Calluses and Corns

A callus is a hardened area of skin on the foot caused by friction between the shoe and a prominent bone, or bone spur. This thickened skin can form on top of nerves and/or fluid-filled sacs causing intense pain and soreness.  These conditions most often occur along the heel, the ball of the foot, or the outside of the big toe.  So while calluses affect the skin, they actually point to an underlying bone issue.

Flat Feet

Flat foot is a common structural condition characterized by low arches, collapsing ankles, fatigue and soreness. Flat foot can occur during childhood if the arches of the feet don’t develop, after an injury, or from the wear and tear of aging.


Twenty-five percent (25%) of bones are located in your feet. This makes them quite susceptible to bone fractures. Certain activities or injuries can cause a fracture, or “break,” in one or more of these bones. Pain, swelling, redness, and even bruising are signs of a possible fracture. Fractures of the foot can be diagnosed by x-rays or other studies.

Heel Spurs/Plantar Fasciitis

Heel spurs and plantar fasciitis are the most common diseases seen in our office. Plantar fasciitis is an overuse condition. The thick ligament on the bottom of the foot becomes inflamed. Usually your first step in the morning is very painful.  Anytime you are off your foot then get back up, it can be painful as well. The heel area has the most pain. Plantar fasciitis can occur with or without a heel spur.

Peripheral Arterial Disease/Peripheral Vascular Disease

Sometimes called a “silent killer,” peripheral artery disease (PAD) is a narrowing of the arteries of the legs and feet, and it warns of serious cardiovascular problems. Sufferers often report no symptoms, or their symptoms are so mild that they do not seek medical treatment. Symptoms may include pain in the leg when walking, but not at rest, ulcers or sores on legs or feet, cold or blue-tinted skin, and slower nail or hair growth in the affected limb.


Warts can be painful. Sometimes they are confused with calluses and corns. A wart is caused by a viral infection that enters a cut in the skin. Warts can recur in the same location over and over. If a wart is not treated properly, if can become a cluster of warts and be more difficult to get rid of. Warts are found in adults, teenagers, and children.

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