Conditions > Plantar Fasciitis/Heel Pain Brian James Tracey

Plantar Fasciitis/Heel Pain is an inflammation caused by excessive stretching of the plantar fascia. The plantar fascia is a broad band of fibrous tissue which runs along the bottom surface of the foot, attaching at the bottom of the heel bone and extending to the forefoot. When the plantar fascia is excessively stretched, this can cause plantar fasciitis, which can also lead to heel pain, arch pain, and heel spurs.

  • Plantar Fasciitis or heel pain starts as a dull, intermittent pain in the heel which may progress to a sharp persistent pain.
  • Commonly traced to an inflammation of the long band of connective issue running from heel to the ball of the foot. 
  • Can result from biomechanical imbalance, improper shoes, sports injury or obesity.

Treatment: A foot specialist can evaluate arch pain, and may  prescribe customized shoe inserts called orthotics to help alleviate the pain.