If you wake up in the morning and your heels are painful, or if you get painful heels with prolonged periods of standing, you may have a condition known as plantar fasciitis.
Plantar Fasciitis is the term that refers to inflammation ("-itis") of the connective tissue ("Fascia") under the base of the foot ("Plantar"). It usually occurs at the point where the plantar fascia originates at the heel bone.
The plantar fascia itself is one of the strongest structures in your body. Studies have shown up to 30 times your body weight can be loaded through the plantar fascia with heavy impact. Naturally the 'weakest point', therefore, is the attachment point to the heel bone.
If the problem has been present for a long time the heel bone will try to protect itself at the attachment by calcifying and giving the plantar fascia something better to "grip" on to. This is a heel spur, and in itself is not a problem, but if there is inflammation associated with the heel spur it can become very painful with walking.
Believe it or not, a vast number of cases of heel pain that are diagnosed as plantar fasciitis are not actually plantar fasciitis at all! This is because of the muscle and nerve interactions with the heel that may also produce similar symptoms, but require different treatment.
So, if your heel pain has not responded to traditional therapy, there may be something else that has been missed, and the podiatrists at Posture Podiatry are trained to find these problems.
Call us today to speak with a podiatrist if you have any questions about your heel pain.