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Heel Pain in Tennis Players

Heel pain is a frequent issue for tennis players. The sport involves intense footwork, with quick lateral movements and repetitive impact. Plantar fasciitis and heel spurs are two of the most common conditions for heel pain in tennis players. Plantar fasciitis occurs when the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue running along the bottom of the foot, becomes strained and irritated from continuous activity. Heel spurs are bony growths on the heel bone and often develop in response to the chronic strain, pulling, and inflammation of the plantar fascia. Symptoms typically include a sharp, stabbing pain in the bottom of the foot near the heel, especially noticeable during the first steps after waking up or after long periods of rest. To manage and treat these conditions, tennis players may be advised to wear shoes with adequate cushioning and support, engage in proper warm-up and stretching exercises before playing, and incorporate rest days into their training schedules. It is important to get appropriate treatment for these conditions to prevent them from worsening. Podiatrists, or foot doctors, can suggest specialized treatments such as custom orthotics, targeted stretching, or even corticosteroid injections to alleviate pain and prevent further injury. If you are a tennis player with heel pain, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for treatment. 

Many people suffer from bouts of heel pain. For more information, contact one of our podiatrists of Columbus Podiatry & Surgery. Our podiatrists 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 Columbus, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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