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Summary

Each step that we take applies a phenomenal load to the heel. Consider the fact that in a simple slow walk, the load applied to the heel can be more than twice our body weight. If we increase the speed of our walk, take bigger steps or jump, the load applied to the heel at heel strike is significantly increased. This load may be more than three times our body weight. And consider how many times this loading occurs in the course of a normal day. Step after step, over and over again. The ability of the heel to sustain these loads without developing heel pain is quite incredible.

This page summarizes the common causes for heel pain and acts as a referral to specific articles on Myfootshop.com. 

Description

Plantar heel pain

Posterior heel pain

Other heel pain

 

When to contact your doctor

Heel pain that fails to respond to a reasonable period of conservative care should be evaluated by your podiatrist or orthopedist.

Author(s) and date

Dr. Jeffrey OsterThis article was written by Myfootshop.com medical director Jeffrey A. Oster, DPM.  

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Cite this article as: Oster, Jeffrey. Heel Pain. http://www.myfootshop.com/article/heel-pain

First published online: January 1, 2000.  Most recently updated 12/10/13.

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