February 2004 
Volume 34  Number 2
Pages 43 - 43
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  • What causes heel pain?

  • How will my health care provider know what's causing my heel pain?

  • How will my heel pain be treated?

  • What can I do to prevent heel pain?


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    What causes heel pain?

    The most common reason for heel pain is frequent pounding from running on hard surfaces, such as concrete. Plantar fasciitis is a type of heel pain that's caused by flat feet, shoes with poor arch support, stiff-soled shoes, quick turns, or too much long-distance running. Heel bursitis is caused by landing hard or awkwardly on your heel or by poorly fitting shoes. Achilles tendonitis is caused by calf muscles that aren't flexible, suddenly turning your ankle, or running on hard surfaces.

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    She'll examine you and ...

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