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Utah Jazz's Derrick Favors (15) shoots as Indiana Pacers' Luis Scola (4) defends in the first half during an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, in Salt Lake City.  (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)Utah Jazz player Marvin Williams was experiencing pain in his heel during his team’s last game and was forced to sit out to avoid aggravating it.

The Jazz lost the game to the Pacers, perhaps due to Williams’ absence. Williams claimed that his pain was only in his heel, and wasn’t a symptom of the Achilles tendon injury which had been recovering from during the offseason.

"It's not my actual Achilles, which is good news,” he 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."

Depending on the cause, heel pain can be tough to deal with on your own. If you are experiencing pain in your heel, a podiatrist such as Dr. Nicholas Crismali of Crismali Foot & Ankle may be able to help. Dr. Crismali can assess the problem you are having and determine what kind of care you need.

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.

If you have any questions, please contact our offices in Hesperia, CA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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