Heel Pain

Heel pain is most often caused by plantar fasciosis, a condition that is sometimes also called heel spur syndrome when a spur is present. Heel pain may also be due to other causes, such as a stress fracture, tendonitis, arthritis, nerve irritation, or, rarely, a cyst.

Because there are several potential causes, it is important to have heel pain properly diagnosed. Ozan Amir is able to distinguish between all the possibilities and determine the underlying source of your heel pain.

WHAT IS PLANTAR FASCIOSIS?

Plantar fasciosis is a chronic degeneration of the band of tissue (the plantar fascia) that extends from the heel to the toes. In this condition, the fascia first becomes irritated and then inflamed, resulting in heel pain.

CAUSES

The most common cause of plantar fasciosis relates to faulty structure of the foot. For example, people who have problems with their arches, either overly flat feet or high-arched feet, are more prone to developing plantar fasciosis.

Wearing non-supportive footwear on hard, flat surfaces puts abnormal strain on the plantar fascia and can also lead to plantar fasciosis. This is particularly evident when one’s job requires long hours on the feet. Obesity may also contribute to plantar fasciosis.

SYMPTOMS

The symptoms of plantar fasciitis are:

  • Pain on the bottom of the heel
  • Pain that is usually worse upon arising
  • Pain that increases over a period of months


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