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?

A 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.

About Dr. Douglas F. Tumen, DPM, FACFAS

Dr. Douglas F. Tumen has been practicing podiatry in Kingston for more than 16 years. A graduate of the Illinois College of Podiatric Medicine, Dr. Tumen is a Diplomate of the American Board of Podiatric Surgeons - Board Certified in Foot Surgery and a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. A marathon runner and former Race Director for the annual Kingston Classic 10K race, Dr. Tumen has served on the Board of Directors of the YMCA of Kingston; was an Honorary Chairman of the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation Walkathon; and is a recipient of the “Pride of Ulster County” award from the U.C. Legislature.