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Health Tip: When Heel Pain is Afoot

Foot injury, bruise or deformity are possible causes

(HealthDay News) -- Pain in the heel may range from a minor nuisance to disabling.

The American Podiatric Medical Association mentions these possible causes:

  • Formation of a spur, a non-cancerous bony growth, in this case on the bottom of the heel.
  • Plantar fasciitis, in which the thick band of tissue at the bottom of the foot becomes inflamed.
  • Pronation, in which the foot turns too much toward the inside. This can stretch ligaments attached to the heel.
  • Achilles tendinitis, an inflammation of the tendon that supports the back of the ankle and heel.
  • An injury such as a bruise, or a foot deformity.
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