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Heel Pain in Middle-Aged and Older Adults

Heel pain is a common and debilitating issue that often affects middle-aged and older adults. This condition, often attributed to plantar fasciitis, can have a significant impact on the quality of life for individuals in these age groups. As people age, the tissues in their feet, including the plantar fascia, tend to lose elasticity and become more prone to inflammation and injury. This can lead to the development of heel pain, characterized by discomfort and tenderness in the bottom of the heel, particularly in the morning or after periods of rest. Several factors contribute to heel pain in middle-aged and older adults, including changes in foot structure, reduced flexibility, and the cumulative effects of wear and tear on the feet over time. Additionally, chronic conditions like osteoarthritis, diabetes, and vascular issues can exacerbate heel pain in this population. Managing heel pain in middle and older adults often involves a combination of conservative treatments, such as proper footwear, orthotics, stretching exercises, and anti-inflammatory medications. In some cases, medical interventions like corticosteroid injections may be necessary to alleviate the pain and improve mobility. If you are in this age group and suffer from heel pain, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and relief options.

Many people suffer from bouts of heel pain. For more information, contact Manisha Mehta, DPM of Detroit, MI. 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 Detroit, MI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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