Achilles is one of the largest tendons of the body, it helps in the contraction of calf muscles to facilitate movements like walking, running, jumping, climbing and weight-bearing on the toes. Burning pain in the heel while stretching can be a sign of many different ailments. Today I went without them to see if I still need them, and my foot started to hurt. My feet also tend to hurt when I'm cycling, so I decided to try these orthotics, and they made a night-and-day difference. With cycling shoes, it's best not to cushion the ball of the foot too much, if you care about maximum performance, and since these inserts only go halfway up the foot, they're perfect. None of them really helped my plantar fasciitis pain, which was also causing me ankle and knee pain. If you prefer to treat yourself, a lot of daily stretching is needed. For an exact diagnosis of your heel pain, and to learn how Dr. Comfort footwear can help you, schedule an appointment with a podiatrist. Heel spurs, plantar fasciitis and heel pain are non-specific terms often loosely bandied around by health professionals without evidence and this can be confusing. They get placed in the shoes to cushion and elevate the heels. This problem is most commonly seen in patients who have long standing Bunions Callous due to plantar fasciitis. Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome Tarsal tunnel syndrome causes a large nerve in the back of the foot to become entrapped, or pinched. Similar to carpal tunnel syndrome in the hand, tarsal tunnel syndrome can cause heel pain. Plantar Fasciitis Plantar fasciitis is the most common condition that causes heel pain. Plantar fasciitis is due to irritation and inflammation of the tight tissue that forms the arch of the foot. I've never had problems with my feet before so waking up one morning with pain on walking first thing was a shock. I'm going to try some insoles next & rolling my feet over a jam jar. After reading all the advice on the internet went off to local well known chemist to get some heel cushions. I decided to have a wander round and found some memory foam heel cushions in one of the bargain shops ,only cost me a £1 for a packet that contained two heel cushions. I bought 2 packets and inserted 3 of the heel cushions in my shoe ( they even have some sticky tape on the bottom).I reckon they must have raised my heel about a 1/4 of an inch.Straight away I noticed the pain wasn't as bad ,for about a week I took a couple of Ibuprofen liquid capsules every morning.Gradually the pain got less and less until eventually I had none..If I dont fit heel cushions then I notice the pain coming back. I now have almost now pain from PF and life is sooooo much better! I have even considered cutting my foot off. Bunions. If you have a heel injury that results in pain when you put weight on your heel. If heel pain lasts more than a week, even after you have tried rest, ice, over-the-counter pain medicine or other home treatment. Long standing inflammation causes the deposition of calcium at the point where the plantar fascia inserts into the heel. The heel spur is asymptomatic (not painful), the pain arises from the inflammation of the plantar fascia. Symptoms include a dull ache which is felt most of the time with episodes of a sharp pain in the centre of the heel or on the inside margin of the heel. Often the pain is worse on first rising in the morning and after rest and is aggravated by prolonged weight bearing & thin soled shoes.