HEEL SPURS / PLANTAR FASCIITIS
Heel pain, often caused by Plantar fasciitis is often caused by an inflammation on the bottom of the foot. A podiatrist can evaluate the pain, and may prescribe orthoses, customized inserts for your shoes, that can help alleviate heel pain.
Plantar fasciitis, also called heel spur syndrome, refers to pain in the heel or arch of the foot caused by swelling, or inflammation, on the bottom of the foot. Plantar fasciitis is a swelling of the plantar fascia, the connective tissue that stretches from the base of the toes, across the arch of the foot, and ends at the heel bone.
The most common cause of plantar fasciitis is overpronation. Overpronation is where the foot rolls inward, toward the other foot, while walking. It flattens the foot, stretches the arch, and adds extra tension to the plantar fascia. This added stress to the tendon causes the swelling, or inflammation, and thus the pain.
Plantar fasciitis can be treated with anti-inflammatory medications, ice packs, stretching exercises, orthoses, and physical therapy. If these conservative methods do not work, Extracorporeal Shock Wave Treatment (ESWT) may be used. Note: Talk with your physician before taking any medications.