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Heel Pain and Weight Lifting

Tuesday, 16 May 2023 00:00

Heel pain is a fairly common symptom of a foot condition known as plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is caused when the plantar fascia, or band of tissue in the foot arch, becomes inflamed. Living with this heel pain caused by plantar fasciitis can be challenging, especially if you are someone that engages in weight lifting. Due to the extra strain that is caused by lifting weights, this could potentially make lifting weights with plantar fasciitis challenging. However, there are a number of steps that one might consider taking to make this activity easier. If your case of plantar fasciitis is not that severe and a medical professional has cleared you to engage in weight lifting, then you might consider warming up the feet before lifting weights to prevent the onset of pain or injuries. You might also try avoiding lifting weights on hard, uneven surfaces that might just aggravate the pain. If you are someone living with heel pain, it is suggested that you contact a podiatrist today for treatment.

Many people suffer from bouts of heel pain. For more information, contact Dr. Anna Petrov of Family Foot & Ankle Care. Our doctor 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 one of our offices located in Wheeling and Chicago, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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