There are many possible conditions involving heel pain but the most common is plantar fasciitis. Heel pain from plantar fasciitis occurs when the tissue that stretches between the heel to the toe (the fascia) becomes inflamed. Common causes include inappropriate or worn out footwear, prolonged standing on hard surfaces and poor foot alignment. Symptoms may include:
- Pain on the arch of the foot
- Pain on the heel
- Pain that hurts more upon rising
- Pain that increases over months
Your Podiatrist can provide you with an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment plan. Treatment will include strapping, ice, mobilization, strengthening and stretching exercises, footwear advice and often some kind of orthotic therapy. Surgery is rarely indicated.