An estimated 12 percent of live births in the U.S. are considered premature, researchers said. These infants often spend an average of 25 days in neonatal intensive care, where they endure 10-to-18 painful and inflammatory procedures each day, including insertion of feeding tubes and intravenous lines, intubation and repeated heel lance. Despite evidence that pain and stress circuitry in the brain are established and functional in preterm infants, about 65 percent of these procedures are performed without benefit of analgesia. Some clinical studies suggest early life pain has an immediate and long-term impact on responses to stress- and anxiety-provoking events. All things considered, it’s really no wonder our feet suffer from our sartorial choices. Every step we take puts three times our body weight on our feet, says Suzanne Levine, DPM, a podiatry surgeon and author of My Feet Are Killing Me Add crazy high heel height and an uncomfortable fit to the mix, and we’ve got footwear that’s more tortuous than trendy. Luckily, we don’t have to throw out our favorite shoes to keep foot pain at bay. Here, Levine shares tips on how to recover after a night of high heel pain. Heel pain starts after overuse of heels due to physical activities like running and jumping. Sever's disease occurs when there is some temporary distortion in the Achilles tendon present at the back of the heel. This happens when the growth of the calf bones, calf muscles and Achilles tendon is not properly matched. In other words, the growth of the bones are faster as compared to the growth of the muscles and the tendon. As a result, the muscle and the tendon tends to become taut and gives rise to pain. Heel pain in athletes are found due to running or jumping on hard surfaces. You step out of bed and your feet scream in pain! You waddle (or maybe even crawl) across the room until the pain starts to subside. Your are active, you try to keep walking even through the pain, but the pain just gets worse. After several minutes, the pain starts to improve only to return again if you sitdown, laydown or even by the end of the day no matter what. Does this sound familiar? For many people this is a dialy occurance and is usually diagnosed as "Plantar Fasciitis". Limit daily activity and provide additional cushioning to your foot to absorb shock. Elevate the heel to redistribute the pressure. Inflammation of the Achilles tendon causes heel pain. The Achilles tendon, which is the longest and strongest tendon in the body, is located in the back of the leg and is attached to the heel. It connects the leg muscles to the foot. The inflammation results from over stressing the tendon. People who exercise infrequently or poorly conditioned athletes have the highest risk for developing Achilles tendonitis. Achilles Tendon Bursitis Also, as part of the ageing process women tend to lose the bulk of the shock-absorbing 'fibro-fatty' pad under the ball of the foot. Without this natural padding pain develops due to the pressure on skin over bone.