Heel Pain: Symptoms & Signs

Medically Reviewed on 10/15/2021

Pain in the heel can result from several factors, such as abnormalities of the:

  • skin,
  • nerves,
  • bones,
  • blood vessels, and
  • soft tissues of the heel.

Because of walking and daily movement, we are always at risk for injury or trauma to the heel area.

  • Common causes of pain in the heel include blisters and corns.
  • Plantar fasciitis, inflammation of the "bowstring-like" tissue in the sole stretching from the heel to the front of the foot, is one condition commonly associated with heel pain.
  • Sometimes diseases that affect other areas of the body, like peripheral vascular disease or arthritis, can also result in pain in the foot or heel.
  • Sever's disease is a cause of heel pain in children that results from injury to the growth plate of the heel bone.

Treatments for heel pain depend on the particular cause.

Related Symptoms & Signs

Other causes of heel pain

  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Blister
  • High-Impact Physical Activity
  • Improperly Fitting Shoes
  • Prolonged Standing
  • A tumor (Benign, Malignant-Rare)

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