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What Is a Bruised Heel?

There are many different causes of heel pain. One potential cause of your heel pain is known as a bruised heel. This condition essentially targets the skin and fat cushioning that protects the heel bone. Bruised heels can result from trauma that happens slowly over time, such as the repeated and sustained impact on the heel from running or jumping. However, bruised heels can also come about in response to a one-time traumatic injury. The most noticeable and prominent symptom of this condition is pain at the bottom of the heel bone, also known as the calcaneus. Importantly, the pain that is felt from a bruised heel is typically not as long-lasting as that felt from plantar fasciitis. Another symptom of bruised heels is a purple or red color on the heel. This discoloration is a sign of a bruise and results from bleeding that is happening underneath the skin. There are a variety of risk factors that can increase your likelihood of developing a bruised heel. For example, if you are significantly overweight or you run barefoot, then you might be more susceptible to developing a bruised heel. If you think that you may be suffering from this condition, reach out to a podiatrist who can help with treatment options.

Many people suffer from bouts of heel pain. For more information, contact one of our podiatrists of Footcare Now. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Causes of Heel Pain

Heel pain is often associated with plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a band of tissues that extends along the bottom of the foot. A rip or tear in this ligament can cause inflammation of the tissue.

Achilles tendonitis is another cause of heel pain. Inflammation of the Achilles tendon will cause pain from fractures and muscle tearing. Lack of flexibility is also another symptom.

Heel spurs are another cause of pain. When the tissues of the plantar fascia undergo a great deal of stress, it can lead to ligament separation from the heel bone, causing heel spurs.

Why Might Heel Pain Occur?

  • Wearing ill-fitting shoes                  
  • Wearing non-supportive shoes
  • Weight change           
  • Excessive running

Treatments

Heel pain should be treated as soon as possible for immediate results. Keeping your feet in a stress-free environment will help. If you suffer from Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis, applying ice will reduce the swelling. Stretching before an exercise like running will help the muscles. Using all these tips will help make heel pain a condition of the past.

If you have any questions please contact our offices located in Elmhurst and Jackson Heights, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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