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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

  • Injuries
  • 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.

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  1. Heel Injuries and Disorders (National Library of Medicine)  
    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 ...
  2. Plantar Fasciitis (American Academy of Family Physicians)  
    MENU Return to Web version Plantar Fasciitis Overview What is the plantar fascia? The plantar fascia is a band of tissue, much like a tendon, that starts at ...
  3. ... tissue becomes swollen or inflamed, it is called plantar fasciitis. ... Plantar fasciitis occurs when the thick band of tissue on the bottom of the foot is overstretched or ...
  4. 1370 ... www.nlm.nih.gov ... Inflammation (irritation and swelling with presence of extra immune cells) of the plantar fascia can cause heel ...
  5. ClinicalTrials.gov: Fasciitis, Plantar From the National Institutes of Health (National Institutes of Health)  
  6. Search the Foot and Ankle: Interactive Foot Diagram (American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons)  
    ... Arched Foot) » Charcot Foot » Flexible Flatfoot » Heel Pain (Plantar Fasciitis) » Pediatric Flatfoot » Posterior Tibial Tendon Dysfunction (PTTD) » Tarsal ...
  7. What Is Aerobic Dancing? (American Podiatric Medical Association) (American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine)  
    ... after exercising, see a physician. Common Aerobics Injuries Plantar fasciitis (arch pain) -- Arch pain is often caused by ... rearfoot instability, with excessive pronation, may result in plantar fasciitis. Shoes with proper support in the arch often ...
  8. Foot Health Facts for Women (American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons)  
    ... the deformity get progressively worse. Heel Pain and Plantar Fasciitis – is most often caused by plantar fasciitis, although it may also be due to other ...
  9. Heel Pain (American Podiatric Medical Association)  
    ... improperly fitted or excessively worn shoes, or obesity. Plantar Fasciitis: Both heel pain and heel spurs are frequently associated with plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of the band of fibrous connective ...
  10. Foot Problems (American Academy of Family Physicians)  
    ... irritation of the arch ligament and tissues, called PLANTAR FASCIITIS. Try to keep weight off your foot until ... bone, but more likely to be due to PLANTAR FASCIITIS. See your doctor. He or she can suggest ...
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