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Plantar fasciitis / heel pain

Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the long band of connective tissue running from the heel to the ball of the foot. Heel spur syndrome is a bony overgrowth on the heel bone. Plantar fasciitis and heel spur syndrome affect women more than men. They can cause the bottom of the heel and arch to become painful. 


  • Stretching the long band of tissue that connects the heel and the ball of the foot.
  • Muscle imbalance
  • Bone deformity
  • Obesity
  • Trauma
  • Tightness of the muscles on the back of the leg

What can you do?

  • Warm up and stretch properly before exercise
  • Wear appropriate shoe gear.
  • RICE - rest, ice, compression and elevation.

What might the podiatrist do?

  • Perform a physical exam of the foot
  • Take an x-ray
  • Perform taking and strapping
  • Prescribe orthotics
  • Prescribe appropriate medication
  • Administer injections
  • Perform surgery if necessary
  • Instruct in appropriate exercise.