Your heels are the largest of the 26 bones in your feet. In many ways, your heel bone is the “backbone” of your foot; it provides the strength, support, and balance necessary for your feet to work properly. Given the heel’s workload, it is not uncommon for it to develop problems. While varying in cause and degree, almost all heel issues have one thing in common: pain or discomfort. And when your heels are hurting, it can make every step a struggle.
If you are experiencing heel pain, especially when walking, it is important to understand the cause behind your troubles in order to embark on the best course of treatment. The top three reasons behind such heel pain, one of which is likely the source of yours, are:
- Plantar Fasciitis. The plantar fascia is the thick band of tissue which runs along the bottom of your foot, connecting the heel bone to the toes. Plantar fasciitis is a biomechanical condition caused by immense and ongoing pressure that damages that tissue and causes inflammation, pain, or stiffness at the sole of the foot. Common among runners, plantar fasciitis often manifests itself as a stabbing pain on the bottom of the foot near the heel.