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Causes of Heel Pain
By Family Foot & Ankle Associates of Maryland
January 07, 2015
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Heel Pain  

Heel PainHeel pain isn’t something that’s easy to ignore. You have to put pressure on your feet every day while walking, working, exercising and participating in athletic activities. The more you suffer with heel pain, the worse the pain and condition behind the pain gets, so it’s important that you have it treated as soon as possible. Here are a few of the common causes of heel pain in patients of Silver Spring podiatrist Dr. Marc Goldberg.

Heel Spurs
A heel spur (a bone spur that occurs in the heel) is a bony mass that grows behind or under the heel. It develops when the heel bone is frequently injured over time, whether it’s due to hitting it hard while playing sports or continuously walking in poorly made shoes that strain the heel. Heel spurs are sometimes painless for a time, but as they continue to go untreated can become painful and cause the heel to swell.

Plantar Fasciitis
Some people confuse plantar fasciitis with heel spurs, but they are two separate (yet related) conditions treated by Silver Spring podiatrist Dr. Goldberg. Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the ligaments that run along the bottom of the foot. The ligament is connected to the heel, so it often causes heel pain in patients.

Calluses on the Heel
Another possible reason for heel pain is a callused heel. When you wear shoes that roughly rub up against the back of your heel day after day, it can eventually lead to a callus. A callus is dead skin that forms into a large bump that can make walking painful. It’s also difficult to comfortably fit your feet in everyday shoes.

Have Heel Pain Cured at Maryland Feet
The Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland know how important it is for you to stay active and on your feet. Heel pain is a condition that makes it difficult for you to live, work and play. Contact Silver Spring podiatrist Dr. Marc Goldberg to set up an appointment to explore treatments today. The office line for the Silver Spring office is (301) 439-0300 (other office locations are in Olney, Clinton and Crofton). Visit for more patient education and to schedule appointments online.