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Causes of Sharp Heel Pain Felt When Bending

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Sara Clement has been a writer, editor and social-media expert since 2002. A regular contributor for publications such as "Exhale," "Reflections of a Butterfly" and "The Giggle Guide," she is currently writing a book about grief and loss and coauthoring a sequel to "Being Ourself." She holds a Bachelor of Arts in premedical science and psychology/education from the University of Montana.
Causes of Sharp Heel Pain Felt When Bending
High heels may not be beneficial to ligament and tendon health.

Pain of any kind is worthy of your attention. Pain is your nervous system informing your brain that something is wrong. If you are experiencing sharp heel pain when bending, a few issues should be considered that may help you to decipher what type of help your body needs. If heel pain is severe, chronic or debilitating, contact your healthcare provider right away.

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Improper Footwear

Heel pain that is felt when bending may be caused by unhealthy footwear. High heels, though fashionable, are not designed with your foot's health in mind. If you suspect your shoes are causing the problem, opt for shoes that lengthen the Achilles tendon and provide optimal arch support.

Achilles Tendinitis

Achilles tendinitis is caused by overuse or injury, according to "The American Physical Therapy Association Book of Body Maintenance and Repair." This painful condition may cause severe heel pain when bending and may take months to heal properly. If you have tendinitis, it is important to avoid re-injuring your tendon by offering your foot plenty of rest and hot compresses. Your doctor or physical therapist can teach you appropriate exercises designed to support Achilles tendinitis.

Sciatic Nerve

The sciatic nerve is located in your lower back. When misaligned or compressed, shooting pains may be felt in the heel. In cases such as this, chiropractic adjustment or physical therapy may be beneficial.

Shortened Ligaments

After exercising, ligaments can shorten if not stretched properly. This shortening can cause sharp heel pain. In order to lengthen ligaments safely to prevent this type of pain, you may practice gentle yoga stretches or indulge in a massage offered by a certified massage therapist experienced in sports injuries.

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  • "Bikram Yoga: The Guru Behind Hot Yoga Shows the Way to Radiant Health and Personal Fulfillment"; Bikram Choudhury; 2009
  • "The American Physical Therapy Association Book of Body Maintenance and Repair"; Steve Vickery and Marilyn Moffat; 1999
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