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Heel pains can interfere with your ability to walk and interrupt your daily life. Sharp pain in the heel or bottom of the foot can be caused by a variety of disorders. These are some of the most common.
Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the tissue on the bottom of the foot that connects the heel bone to the toes. It causes pain or stiffness in the bottom of the heel, which most often occurs first thing in the morning or after a period of sitting or resting. It occurs most often in long-distance runners, people who have experienced sudden weight gain, and people who have foot arch problems such as flat feet or high arches.
If your heel pain occurs in the back of your heel or the back of your leg, then the cause may be Achilles tendinitis. Achilles tendinitis is caused by stress to the tendon in the back of your leg that connects your heel to your calf muscles. Exercise or other vigorous activity can worsen Achilles tendinitis, and onset of the condition is usually signified by pain after working out or walking a long distance.
Heel spurs are calcium deposits that grow from the bone on the bottom of the heel. Spurs generally build up after many months of vigorous activity or stress to the muscles and tendons of the foot. Pain from heel spurs is often intermittent. It may occur after exercise or at seemingly random intervals.
Bursitis of the Heel
Bursitis is the swelling of the fluid-filled sacs located in the body's joints. Any joint can become the site of bursitis, but heel joints and other areas that incur a lot of stress are particularly susceptible. Bursitis of the heel causes pain, redness and swelling in the heel area, and the pain may become worse when standing on your toes.
If you are experiencing sharp, chronic pains in your heel, it is very important to consult a doctor before a mild condition develops into something more serious. Many causes of heel pain do not require surgery if they are caught and treated early enough.