You would probably be surprised to learn how much pressure goes on the heel of the foot. It is estimated that during a typical walk of 1 mile, approximately 60 tons of pressure is placed on that area of the body. As a result of that pressure and the fact that the heel is the most commonly used part of the foot, it is also the most commonly seen area where an injury can occur. If you have a difficulty with heel pain, you should seek the assistance of a qualified physician immediately to see what can be done to remove the problem.
Although there may be any number of different problems that can occur, it is often associated with the part of the foot that is affected. For example, if the pain is on the bottom of the foot, it is typically due to inflammation of the plantar fascia, stone bruises or a heel spur.
If the diagnosis is a heel spur, it is because there is a small deposit of calcium that exists below the heel bone. It is able to be seen on an x-ray and at times, it can stick out from the bottom of the heel by up to a half inch. It is important to note that not everybody with such a condition is going to have pain but if you do have pain, it can be significant.