When plantar fasciitis is the problem, the fibrous band of tissue that runs between the heel and toes is inflamed. The pain occurs in the sole under the heel and is usually at its worst when first putting feet to the floor in the morning. As time goes by, that discomfort lasts longer and longer into the day. It is sometimes relieved by walking because the motion stretches the band.
Overpronation is the most common cause of plantar fasciitis. As the foot rolls inward excessively when walking, it flattens the foot, lengthens the arch, and puts added tension on the plantar fascia. Over time, this causes inflammation.
If you have any of these symptoms, please see a podiatrist: burning heel pain, sharp heel pain, heel pain in the morning, heel pain at night or pain that prevents you from carrying out everyday activities.
Heel Pain Treatment:
A foot examination, medical history, and x-rays or other diagnostic testing may be used to discover the presence of plantar fasciitis. Conservative treatment may consists of using ice, stretching the plantar fascia with exercise, and adjusting your shoes to provide more comfort. Orthotics, padding, and strapping the heel are sometimes prescribed. Splints, injections, a walking cast, and physical therapy are other treatments. In persistent cases, Extracorporeal Shock Wave Treatment (ESWT) may be used to treat the heel pain. Note: Please consult your physician before taking any medications.