What can cause pain on the heel?

With pain on the bottom of the heel, the instinctive reaction might be to attribute it to the ubiquitous culprit—plantar fasciitis. While this condition is undoubtedly common, it’s not the sole source of heel discomfort. Two often-overlooked causes deserve awareness: heel fat pad syndrome and Baxter’s nerve entrapment.

The trouble with this trio is that they are commonly considered solo acts. However, they tend to run together in people who run, hike, or spend countless hours on their feet. This article provides self-tests that can help tease out the most prominent problem.

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