Heel Pain

There are many conditions causing heel pain. One of the most common is inflammation of the plantar fascia. The plantar fascia is a strong band of tissue (like a ligament) that stretches from your heel to the ball of the foot. It helps supports the arch of your foot and commonly becomes inflamed. The most common symptom is pain on rising after rest, especially after getting out of bed in the morning. If the cause is biomechanical in origin orthotics can be provided.

Heel pain can generally be traced to faulty biomechanics, which place too much stress on the heel area, ligaments, or nerves in the area. Stress could result while walking or jumping on hard surfaces, or from poorly made footwear. Some general health conditions—arthritis, gout, and circulatory problems, for example— also cause heel pain.

Podiatry treatment – Plantar fasciitis can be treated by improving the function of the foot using orthotics and also exercises to address any muscle imbalances contributing to the condition. Treatments vary according to the duration and severity of the condition.