Heel Pain (plantar fasciitis) is a common condition that causes severe pain under the heel bone. Pain in the heel or pain in the arch often indicates inflammation of the long band of tissue under the foot (the plantar fascia).
It can cause sharp pain and discomfort in either the mid-arch region or at the inside heel, and sometimes the outside heel. People with plantar fasciitis generally describe the pain as similar to a stone bruise, or the feeling they are walking on a stone or a bony heel spur.
Often, the pain is worse the first few steps in the morning, after sitting down or towards the end of the day. The pain is caused by micro-tears to the plantar fascia (the long tight tendon/cord under the arch) at the attachment point under the heel bone. If left untreated, this pain can persist for an extended period of time.
Treatment for plantar fasciitis by one of our Podiatrists at Complete Feet can include a combination of stretching, footwear modification, orthotic devices, specially placed padding, dorsiflexion night splints, ice, and either topical or oral anti-inflammatories.
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