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Mechanical and Neurologic Heel Pain

Mechanical and neurologic heel pain are two distinct types of heel discomfort, each with unique causes and characteristics. Mechanical heel pain can be triggered by overuse of the lower limbs or from wearing improper footwear that does not provide enough support. One common condition resulting from these issues is plantar fasciitis, where the plantar fascia ligament running along the bottom of the foot becomes inflamed. Another cause of mechanical heel pain is Achilles tendonitis, which involves inflammation of the Achilles tendon at the back of the leg. On the other hand, neurologic heel pain stems from nerve-related issues, such as tarsal tunnel syndrome, where the nerve inside the tarsal tunnel of the ankle is compressed. Pinched nerves that cause sharp, shooting pain are also a cause of neurologic heel pain. Understanding the origin of heel pain is important to identifying the right treatment. Mechanical issues might be addressed with orthotics, stretches, and proper footwear, while neurologic pain may require interventions like nerve decompression or medication to manage pain and inflammation. If you are suffering from heel pain, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist today. 

Many people suffer from bouts of heel pain. For more information, contact one of our podiatrists of Podiatry Inc.. 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


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 Beachwood, Mayfield Heights, Mentor, and Tallmadge, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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