Heel Pain Fouls Player off the Court

Marvin Williams of the Utah Jazz was rendered unable to participate in a recent game as a result of suffering heel pain. Williams, who underwent surgery during the offseason on his Achilles tendon, asserted that it was in his ankle area where he was experiencing pain.

“It’s not my actual Achilles, which is good news,” Williams said. “It’s just my heel. My heel is really inflamed right now. It’s causing a lot of discomfort (and) putting a lot of pressure on my foot right now.”

When it comes to heel pain, be sure to have a podiatrist examine your foot for any potential conditions. If you are experiencing heel pain, please seek the care of one of our twelve podiatrists at Ankle & Foot Center of Tampa Bay. Our podiatrists can assess and treat 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.

We offer the newest diagnostic treatment and technologies for all of your foot and ankle needs. If you have any questions, or would like to schedule an appointment, please contact one of our 11 conveniently located offices in the Tampa Bay area.

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