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Plantar Fasciitis and Heel Pain

Plantar fasciitis is a primary cause of heel pain in adults. The pain stems from the inflammation of the plantar fascia, a band of tissue that spans the bottom of the foot and connects the heel bone to the toes. This condition typically results from repetitive strain and overstretching of the plantar fascia. It is often exacerbated wearing inadequate footwear, obesity, and activities that place excessive stress on the foot. The pain is usually most intense with the first few steps in the morning or after periods of rest. It stems from micro-tears and inflammation within this critical support structure of the foot. As the plantar fascia bears the brunt of every step's impact, its compromised state can significantly hinder mobility and quality of life. Effective management and treatment hinge on a comprehensive approach that may include rest, anti-inflammatory medications, stretching exercises, and possibly orthotic support. If you are suffering from heel pain, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist. This type of doctor has specialized knowledge of the foot and ankle, and can diagnose plantar fasciitis and offer personalized treatment solutions.  

Many people suffer from bouts of heel pain. For more information, contact Ramin Nadjafi, DPM of Advanced Podiatry Group. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Causes of Heel Pain

Heel pain is often associated with plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a band of tissues that extends along the bottom of the foot. A rip or tear in this ligament can cause inflammation of the tissue.

Achilles tendonitis is another cause of heel pain. Inflammation of the Achilles tendon will cause pain from fractures and muscle tearing. Lack of flexibility is also another symptom.

Heel spurs are another cause of pain. When the tissues of the plantar fascia undergo a great deal of stress, it can lead to ligament separation from the heel bone, causing heel spurs.

Why Might Heel Pain Occur?

  • Wearing ill-fitting shoes                  
  • Wearing non-supportive shoes
  • Weight change           
  • Excessive running


Heel pain should be treated as soon as possible for immediate results. Keeping your feet in a stress-free environment will help. If you suffer from Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis, applying ice will reduce the swelling. Stretching before an exercise like running will help the muscles. Using all these tips will help make heel pain a condition of the past.

If you have any questions please contact our office located in Orlando, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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