Plantar Fasciitis (Heel Pain)
Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common podiatric conditions relating to the foot. It is when the thick tissue on the bottom of the foot (the plantar fascia) becomes inflamed and irritated, making it difficult to walk. This is most often the result of repeated episodes of minor but recurring injury, such as with frequent running or long periods of standing. The pain can be located in the heel area of the foot or in the arch. It is often worse in the morning due to stiffness of the tissue, and also becomes worse after long periods of walking. The pain often decreases with rest.
Your podiatrist will exam your foot for swelling, redness and tenderness of the area. X-rays may be taken.
Treatment includes heel stretching exercises, night splint, shoe inserts, icing regimen, injection therapy, physical therapy and possible surgical treatment.