Heel Pain / Plantar Fasciitis
Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain. It involves inflammation of a thick band of tissue that runs across the bottom of your foot and connects your heel bone to your toes (plantar fascia).
What is Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis commonly causes stabbing pain that usually occurs with your first steps in the morning. As you get up and move more, the pain normally decreases, but it might return after long periods of standing or after rising from sitting.
Ignoring plantar fasciitis may result in chronic heel pain that hinders your regular activities. Changing the way you walk to minimize plantar fasciitis pain might lead to foot, knee, hip or back problems.
Most people who have plantar fasciitis recover with conservative treatments, including resting, icing the painful area and stretching, in several months. Pain relief such as ibuprofen can help to ease the pain and associated inflammation of plantar fasciitis.Prescribed exercises, shockwave therapy, orthotic therapy and manipulation and mobilisation techniques can all also help further.