Aging and Heel Pain

People in the baby boomer generation are now reaching an age where things begin to deteriorate a bit. You may think aging and heel pain go hand in hand, along with other problems that occur when we get up in years. It might be considered “normal” to have aches and pains as you age, but having pain in your feet is never normal, and things can be done to fix it.

Heel pain is most commonly caused by plantar fasciitis. Everyone believes that people who are athletic and live an active lifestyle are at a higher risk of developing this kind of heel pain, but it actuality it is people who are older. Plantar fasciitis is inflammation caused by strain on the band of tissue that runs along the entire length of your foot. The pain is usually worse in the morning after many hours of not using your feet.

We recommend stretching your feet daily to prevent this condition from occurring. If you already suffer from heel pain, you can try icing the foot, wearing proper footwear, and taking an anti-inflammatory medication as suggested by your doctor. Sometimes these “at home” methods of treatment are not enough, though. Then we can provide treatment options like orthotics or even surgery in severe enough situations.

If you are an older person who is suffering from heel pain, call Dr. Rahn Ravenell at or schedule an appointment online. If you can’t make it into our office, we do house calls. At Coastal Podiatry, LLC in Mt. Pleasant, SC we stress the importance of foot health for people of all ages.

Dr. Rahn A. Ravenell

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