Heel Pain

Heel Pain

A patient came in last week for her heel pain. She said that the severity of the pain makes it difficult for her to do simple activities without having her daughter help her move around. She eventually went to see a podiatrist in hopes of a cure. Now, she is finally able to stand on her own two feet.

Heel Pain And Plantar Fasciitis

Heel pain is a commonly experienced orthopedic problem that can range from a minor inconvenience to a chronic condition. Heel pain is typically caused by inflammation due to stress fractures, arthritis, nerve irritation, cysts, tendonitis, and most frequently, plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis occurs when the connective tissue between the heel and toes becomes inflamed, resulting in increasing and potentially debilitating heel pain.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

Many individuals are prone to developing heel pain such as plantar fasciitis due to the mechanics of their feet – for example, plantar fasciitis can result from flat feet, excessively high arches, or poor orthopedic alignment that puts pressure on the inner or outer edges of the feet.