A Sensation Of Burning In The Heel May Be A Sign Of Plantar Fasciitis
This article was medically reviewed by Dr. Kimberly Langdon, M.D.
Do you notice a burning, tingling, or prickling sensation in your heels when you get out of bed in the morning, step out of your car, or get up from a chair? If so, this prickling or burning heel pain may be a warning sign that you have a condition called plantar fasciitis.
What Causes a Burning Feeling in the Heels?
Plantar Fasciitis is the number one cause of burning heel pain and is a condition which, if left untreated, can become both chronic and debilitating. At first, burning or prickling heel pain may be sporadic and mildly uncomfortable. However, left untreated these early warning signs can eventually lead to chronic pain and difficulty with common physical activities like walking, jumping, and standing.
Plantar Fascia Damage: The #1 Cause of Burning Heel Pain
The human foot is designed to bear the bounce and spring of normal activity on a daily basis. The plantar fascia is a flexible ligament that spans the arch of your foot from the heel to the ball and is designed to provide elastic support when you stand, walk and run.
The condition known as plantar fasciitis develops when this ligament is repeatedly required to flex beyond its healthy range of motion. Doctors often call this kind of injury, which commonly develops over time, a “slow-motion trauma.” Injury to the plantar fascia results in deterioration, inflammation, and small tissue tears. The collagen in the fascia becomes disordered, scar tissue forms, and the blood supply to the fascia is altered or reduced. Simultaneously, the heel bone begins to bear down into its fatty tissue padding, causing the foot’s built-in cushioning to wear thin. Hard calcium deposits, called bone spurs, may form on the heel bone, poking the soft tissues with each step.
Symptom Checker: Is Your Burning Heel Pain Plantar Fasciitis?
While burning heel pain is the hallmark symptom of plantar fasciitis, there are other symptoms that can help you and your doctor make a correct diagnosis. Most people with plantar fasciitis experience the following symptoms:
- Pain in one or both heels that is burning, stabbing, or tingling with each step
- Pain that is typically worst in the morning and improves somewhat throughout the day
- Pain that improves when you rest your feet
- Swelling and/or redness in the heel and arch areas
- Limping and difficulty walking, jumping, or running
While the pain from plantar fasciitis can feel unbearable at times, there is good news: Plantar Fasciitis can be treated in more than nine out of ten cases with non-invasive remedies. With the right techniques, most people can recover from plantar fasciitis and prevent its recurrence.
Get Quick Relief From Burning Heel Pain With These Smart Steps
If you’ve found this article because you’re researching remedies for the burning feet sensation you’re currently experiencing in one or both heels, these steps can provide a fast reduction in your pain.
- Step 1: Put your feet up for 20 minutes, 2 times a day. Rest is essential to recovering from Plantar Fasciitis.
- Step 2: While you rest your feet, apply an ice pack to them. The cold will help to reduce inflammation.
- Step 3: Commit to a foot stretching regimen. Our free Plantar Fasciitis exercise videos will walk you through these simple stretches that almost anyone can accomplish on a daily basis for a significant reduction in pain.
- Step 4: Purchase an orthotic shoe insert designed to target Plantar Fasciitis. Heel Seats are clinically-tested and proven to help more than 90% of heel pain sufferers to recover. They come with a 100% money-back guarantee and are endorsed by the American Podiatric Medical Association. By wearing your Heel Seats daily, you will be supporting the stressed heel and plantar fasciitis ligament of your foot while the patented Fascia-Bar technology of the insert stimulates your body’s natural ability to heal itself via the application of therapeutic acupressure supplied by this unique product. This gentle pressure or massage helps restore the blood supply to help the healing process.
Rest, icing, stretches and the use of a proper orthotic should result in a significant reduction of burning in the heels and the other serious symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis. Most purchasers of Heel Seats experience relief within 30 days and our customers tell us that our orthotics have changed their lives.
Don’t Ignore That Burning In Your Heels
Feelings of heat, tingling, or pressure are signs our bodies experience that signal us that something is wrong. While it’s great to be a strong person who can tough out painful situations, this should never include trying to ignore medical symptoms. Fortunately, in the case of Plantar Fasciitis, your chances of recovery are extremely good if you take notice of the pain and treat it with the right combination of therapies, as described above.
At Heel That Pain, we urge you not to ignore your heel pain. Start treating your condition today for the best chance of waking up to a pain-free tomorrow.
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