Heel Pain in Adults

What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

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Plantar Fasciitis is inflammation of the thick, fibrous band of tissue (”fascia”) that reaches from the heel to the toes, supporting the muscles and arch of the foot. When the plantar fascia is overly stretched, tiny tears can occur in its surface, causing inflammation and pain. While some people have attributed this type of pain to bony growths called heel spurs it’s now believed that heel spurs are a result of rather than a cause of the pain from plantar fasciitis.

Most people with plantar fasciitis have pain when they take their first steps after they get out of bed or sit for a long time. You may have less stiffness and pain after you take a few steps. But your foot may hurt more as the day goes on. It may hurt the most when you climb stairs or after you stand for a long time.

 Symptoms of heel Pain (Plantar fasciitis)

  • Pain along the plantar fascia and at the insertion site of the muscle into the heel bone.
  • Intense heel pain first thing in the morning or standing after a period of inactivity.
  • Pain subsides quite quickly, but then returns after prolonged standing or walking.

Causes of Heel Pain

  • Poor foot posture
  • You are overweight
  • Poor footwear
  • Tight Achilles tendons and calf muscles

Sole Therapy Treatment Options

  • Rolling foot over a spiky ball or frozen water bottle to reduce scare tissue in the heel area and decrease inflammation.
  • Night Splint to aid in increased flexibility.
  • Functional orthoses to control poor foot posture.
  • Stretching and strengthening exercise programs

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