Plantar Fasciitis (Heel Pain)
The most common cause of heel pain is plantar fasciitis. This is inflammation of a band of fibrous tissue (the plantar fascia) within the arch of the foot that attaches into the heel bone.
Signs and symptoms
Plantar fasciitis may present as pain anywhere along the length of the plantar fascia, most commonly at the heel where the plantar fascia attaches to the calcaneus (heel bone). Sharp pain is often felt immediately after rest, particularly first thing in the morning. Symptoms may improve as the area warms up but may then become worse again towards the end of the day, especially if you have been on your feet for a long time.
What are the causes of plantar fasciitis?
Podiatry treatment of plantar fasciitis
A combination of the following treatments will assist in formulating the treatment plan that works best for you.
- Strapping/taping techniques to achieve immediate relief.
- Stretching and strengthening advice.
- Anti-inflammatory advice.
- Footwear recommendation and referral.
- Orthotic therapy to reduce the strain on the plantar fascia.