Your heel pain may be caused by any number of different conditions, including tendinitis, stress fractures, neuritis, bursitis, tarsal tunnel syndrome, arthritis, and fat pad thinning. However, the number one cause of heel pain is plantar fasciitis, which is an inflammation of the thick tissue (plantar fascia) on the bottom of the foot that connects the heel bone to the toes and creates the arch of the foot.
Plantar Fasciitis occurs when the thick band of tissue on the bottom of the foot is overstretched or overused, making it painful to walk.
Plantar Fasciitis Risk Factors
• Obesity or sudden weight gain
• Foot arch problems, like flat feet and high arches
• Long-distance running
• Tight Achilles tendon
• Shoes with poor arch support or soft soles
• Walking barefoot
• Walking on hard surfaces without proper support
Signs and Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis
• Pain and stiffness in the bottom of the heel
• Tenderness on the bottom of your foot
• Flat feet or high arches
• Foot swelling
Plantar Fasciitis Treatment
Once your podiatrist examines your feet and determines the cause of your pain, you may be treated immediately with options such as custom orthotics, steroid injections, prescription medications, physical therapy, and immobilization. Depending on your response to treatment, your pain may require more advanced treatments or surgery. Talk to your podiatrist about what avenue of treatment is best for you.
Please contact We Treat Feet if you think you may have a heel disorder.
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