Heel pain is an extremely common complaint, and can have many causes. It is important to make an accurate diagnosis of the cause of your symptoms so that appropriate treatment can be directed at the cause. If left untreated a sore heel tends to only get worse and can become a chronic condition leading to more problems. Heel pain can occur for many different reasons and should be evaluated by your doctor. Treatments can involve rest, special stretching exercises, and wearing heel pads or shoe inserts. Occasionally surgical intervention is required.