Heel pain or plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of a band of connective tissue that inserts in the bottom of the heel. That connective tissue extends from the heels out to the toes Initially, this band becomes irritated and then it becomes inflamed. Most of our patients tell us that the pain is most severe in the morning with the first steps out of bed and then it seems to loosen up and get a bit better, but later in the day, it starts to hurt more again.
Heel Pain Can Continue for Weeks or Months But it Does Get Progressively Worse
As the connective tissue (or ligament) continues to keep pulling on the heel bone it becomes overstretched as we bear weight on it. Eventually, it develops small micro tears in the plantar fascia which can eventually calcify and lead to a heel spur which is a bony growth on the underside of the heel bone.
Anyone Can Suffer From Heel Pain
It is most common in people who spend a great deal of time on their feet, especially in their work. The human foot is made to be in motion, but certain jobs affect the health of your feet more frequently than other. Also, people with flat feet, or high arches, or who are overweight, and people who are very active in sports can experience heel pain as well.
Not All Heel Pain Is Plantar Fasciitis
While 90% of heel pain that we see is Plantar Fasciitis, not all heel pain is caused by this condition and that is why we need to see you and examine your feet to find out the real cause of the pain you are experiencing. Once we determine the underlying cause of your heel pain, we can recommend may treatment options.
If you are experiencing heel pain, make an appointment with Dr. Richard Nichols at either our Grapevine or Keller offices at 817-481-4000.
Feet For Life!
Richard A. Nichols, DPM
Alliance Foot & Ankle Specialists