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Heel Pain From Flat Shoes

It is undeniable that wearing certain kinds of shoes can negatively impact the health of the feet. For example, flip-flops and high heels are just two kinds of shoes that can potentially harm the health of the feet. Flat shoes with little to no support or cushioning can also cause pain in the feet, especially the heels. There are many reasons for this phenomenon. Most importantly, when an individual walks with flat shoes, the heel bone takes the brunt of the force. Therefore, flat shoes may exacerbate heel pain. One can mitigate heel pain and prevent it by wearing supportive shoes instead of completely flat shoes. If you are someone currently struggling with heel pain, it is suggested that you contact a podiatrist today for treatment and advice. 

Many people suffer from bouts of heel pain. For more information, contact Dr. Howard Horowitz of Bowie Foot & Ankle . Our doctor 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 office located in Bowie, MD . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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