Plantar Fasciitis/Heel Pain

This most common type of heel pain is Plantar Fasciitis. The plantar fascial band is a muscle that connects the heel bone to the base of the toes and creates the arch of the foot. This muscle becomes inflammed due to various factors namely:

Flat feet (pes planus) or high arched feet (pes cavus)
– Increase in activity or injury
– Weight gain
– Poor support in shoewear
– Lack of flexibility in calf muscles
– Standing for prolonged periods of time

Symptoms include:
– Pain is the worst when climbing out of bed in the morning as the muscle tightens up during sleep and pain is diminished, the muscle then becomes taut when climbing out of bed applying pressure to it causing acute pain.
– Sharp, aching, stabbing type of pain is felt anywhere from the heel bone to the base of the toes.
– Pain usually disappears after the muscle is warmed up and appears after long periods of inactivity.