Achilles Tendon Heel Pain

December 07, 2015
Category: Foot Care

While there can be several different sources behind heel pain, Achilles tendinitis and Achilles bursitis are two types of heel pain that stem from inflammation in the Achilles tendon. Pain in the Achilles tendon typically results from the overuse of the heel. An increase of activity and stress to the heel can lead to tiny tears in the fiber’s tendon, making the tendon unable to repair itself. This is what ultimately eleads to pain. Achilles heel pain can be treated with stretches such as the toe stretch, gastrocnemius heel drop, foot and ankle circles, and calf stretches with a towel.   

Anyone can wind up suffering from heel pain. If your heel is hurting consult with Dr. Andrew H. Cohen, D.P.M. of Mid-Michigan Foot and Ankle Center. Dr. Cohen will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

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 thing of the past.

With the advancements in technology and greater knowledge of how muscles and joints work, physical therapists can turn things around dramatically.  

If you have any questions feel free to contact one of our offices, located in Saginaw and Essexville, MI. We offer all the latest in diagnostic and treatment technologies to meet your needs.

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