Heel Pain FAQs

What are some common causes of heel pain?

There are many different causes of heel pain in the world, and it often takes an experienced foot doctor to pinpoint the exact source of the problem. The most common cause of pain, however, stems from plantar fasciitis, the inflammation of a band of tissue connecting your heel bone to your toes. If your heels hurt worse in the morning, it’s a good indication you have plantar fasciitis.

Other causes of heel woes include Achilles tendinitis, stress fractures, bursitis, tarsal tunnel syndrome, and a pinched nerve, among others. Regardless of the cause, however, heel pain is never a normal part of life that you simply need to “deal with.” If you’re in pain, give Dr. Gregg Neibauer at Alpine Foot & Ankle Clinic a call. We will get to the root of your discomfort and provide treatment options to find you the relief you deserve. Schedule an appointment with us at our Missoula, MT office by calling (406) 721-4007.

Why does my heel hurt in the morning?

Morning heel pain is most often a sign of plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of the thick band of tissue that runs the length of the foot’s underside and helps form the arch. One of the most common symptoms of this condition is a shooting or stabbing pain in one or both heels upon rising from bed in the morning. The heels hurt due to that band, the plantar fascia, being inactive during the night. Pain tends to lessen once a patient has a chance to walk around and the fascia “warms up.” Similar effects can be experienced if one has been standing or sitting for a long period and goes to move.

If your heels have been consistently hurting you, regardless of what time of day it is, know that it’s not normal and doesn’t have to be endured. Dr. Gregg Neibauer and the staff of Alpine Foot & Ankle Clinic are here to get to the source of your discomfort and provide the best in treatment. Call our Missoula, MT office at (406) 721-4007 to take the first step toward pain-free heels today.

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