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When Your Heels Hurt

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When Your Heels Hurt

What is the largest bone in the foot?

Right…your heel bone, also known as the calcaneus. It absorbs all of your body’s weight each time you take a step, run or jump. So, is it any wonder that one of the most common foot ailments people have is heel pain?

heel spur is the most common cause of heel pain. A heel spur is a calcium deposit that builds up over time as a response to all of that pressure put on the heel each day. It is very painful and you will struggle getting up in the morning or standing after a long period of sitting.

While a heel spur is the primary cause of heel pain, there are others: plantar faciitis, bursitis, nerve entrapment, stress fractures and ligament strains, to name just a few. To know which one is causing pain in your heel, consult with a podiatrist. Depending on your diagnosis, treatment may vary from simple stretching, orthotics (custom-made arch supports), injections or, in some cases, surgery.

For more information on how to prevent and treat heel pain, please download one of our free Special Reports.

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