Heel Pain

Heel pain is most often caused by plantar fasciitis. Heel pain may also be dues to other causes such as a stress fracture, tendonitis, arthritis, or nerve irritation. Because there are several potential causes, it is important to have heel pain properly diagnosed.

What is Plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the plantar fascia that extends from the heel to the toes. The fascia first becomes irritated and then inflamed resulting in heel pain.

What causes Plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is most commonly caused by the faulty structure of the foot. People who overly flat feet or high arched feet are more prone to developing plantar fasciitis. Wearing non supportive shoes on hard surfaces puts abnormal strain on the plantar fascia.

Symptoms

Symptoms of plantar fasciitis include:
  • Pain on the bottom of the heel
  • Pain that is usually worse upon arising 
  • Pain that increases over a period of months
  • Pain after standing all day
Plantar fasciitis is often described as worse when getting up in the morning or after sitting for long periods of time and then getting up. After a few minutes of walking the pain decreases, because walking stretches the fascia.

Treatment

  • Stretching exercises. Exercises that stretch out the calf muscles help ease pain and assist with recovery.
  • Avoid going barefoot. Going barefoot puts strain and stress on the plantar fascia.
  • Shoe modifications. Wearing supportive shoes that have good arch support will reduce stress on the plantar fascia.
  • Orthotic devices. Custom orthotics that fit into your shoe help correct the underlying structural abnormalities causing the plantar fasciitis.
  • Injection therapy. A cortisone injection can be given to help reduce inflammation.

If you are suffering from Heel Pain, please call us at 704-504-1004 or Click Here to request an appointment.

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InStride - Queen City Foot and Ankle Specialists

11030 South Tryon Street
Suite 308
Charlotte, NC 28273
704-504-1004