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The Plantar Fascia and Heel Pain

Monday, 28 September 2020 00:00

Patients who have heel pain often notice that it can gradually get worse. It may become severe in the morning after arising, and an abnormal walking style may develop. Research has indicated that the majority of heel pain comes from an inflamed plantar fascia. The plantar fascia is a band of tissue that is found on the bottom of the foot, and connects the heel to the toes. It can become torn or damaged from wearing shoes that do not fit correctly, or if an injury has occurred. It can be common among patients who enjoy running or those who participate in certain sporting activities. Mild relief can be felt if additional weight is lost, as this may help to eliminate excess pressure on the heels. If you are experiencing any type of heel pain, it is strongly recommended that you consult with a podiatrist who can properly diagnose your condition and guide you toward the correct treatment options.

Many people suffer from bouts of heel pain. For more information, contact one of our podiatrists of Michigan Foot and Ankle. Our doctors 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 one of our offices located in Ferndale, Milford, and Commerce Twp., MI. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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