Heel problems are common and can be painful. Often, they result from too much stress on your heel bone and the tissues that surround it. That stress can come from
- Bruises that you get walking, running or jumping
- Wearing shoes that don't fit or aren't made well
- Being overweight
These can lead to tendinitis, bursitis, and fasciitis, which are all types of inflammation of the tissues that surround your heel. Over time the stress can cause bone spurs and deformities. Certain diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis and gout, can also lead to heel problems. Treatments for heel problems might include rest, medicines, exercises, taping, and special shoes. Surgery is rarely needed.
- Heel Pain (American Podiatric Medical Association)
- Bone X-Ray (Radiography) (Radiological Society of North America, American College of Radiology) Available in Spanish
- Foot Problems (American Academy of Family Physicians) Available in Spanish
- Search the Foot and Ankle: Interactive Foot Diagram (American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons)
- Foot and Ankle Conditioning Program (American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons) - PDF
- Achilles Tendinitis (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
- Achilles Tendon Rupture (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
- Calcaneus (Heel Bone) Fractures (American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons) - PDF
- Cracked Heels (American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons) Available in Spanish
- Haglund's Deformity (American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons) Available in Spanish
- Medial Plantar Nerve Entrapment (Merck & Co., Inc.)
- Plantar Fasciitis (American Academy of Family Physicians) Available in Spanish
Health Check Tools
- Heel Pain (DSHI Systems)
Journal ArticlesReferences and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)
- Article: A comparison of the effectiveness of radial extracorporeal shock wave...
- Article: Lateral calcaneal artery perforator-based skin flaps for coverage of lower-posterior...
- Article: Operative care did not benefit closed, displaced, intra-articular calcaneal fractures.
- Heel Injuries and Disorders -- see more articles
- Glossary of Foot and Ankle Terms (American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society)
Find an Expert
- American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons
- American Podiatric Medical Association
- Find an ACFAS Physician (American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons)
- National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases Available in Spanish