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Reasons for Wearing Heel Cups

Heel cups are invaluable for individuals who spend long hours on their feet, providing essential support and cushioning to alleviate heel pain. These shoe inserts are particularly beneficial for those suffering from conditions like plantar fasciitis, which can be aggravated by insufficient support and poor shock absorption. Heel cups cushion the entire heel, from the point of impact with the ground to the edges and back, distributing the shock more evenly to reduce pressure on any single area. This helps make walking, running, and standing much more comfortable. Additionally, the gentle compression from heel cups can help reduce swelling in the heel and ankle. Professions such as nursing, retail, and culinary arts often involve prolonged standing. By using heel cups, people working in these fields can enhance their comfort and reduce heel pain. Consulting with a podiatrist can help in selecting the right heel cups and ensuring they are correctly fitted. If you experience heel pain, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for an exam and treatment.

Many people suffer from bouts of heel pain. For more information, contact one of our podiatrists of New Tampa Foot & Ankle. Our doctors 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 Wesley Chapel, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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