Pain in the bottom of the heel is most often caused by a band of tissue called the plantar fascia. This band of tissue starts under the heel bone, fans out across the bottom of the foot, and inserts at the base of all 5 toes. Plantar fasciitis occurs when the ligament becomes strained.
The most common causes are:
- High Arches
- Prolonged Standing On Hard Surfaces
- Being Highly Active In Sports
- Excessive Pronation When Walking
Signs and Symptoms
Tension in the plantar fascia causes pain and swelling at the heel insertion. The pain is usually worse in the morning and when getting up after sitting.
If the tension is present for a long period of time the heel bone can grow into the fascia causing a spur to form. It is not the spur that hurts you, but tearing and tension on the fascia where the spur has formed.
Plantar fasciitis improves dramatically with:
- Stretching Exercises
- Custom Molded Orthotics
- Anti-Inflammatory Medications
Other treatments include:
- Physical Therapy
- Cortisone Injections
- High Power Laser Therapy (HPLT)
- and Surgical Release Of The Tissue
Heel pain can also be caused by arthritis, tarsal tunnel syndrome, and stress fractures.
What’s Your Next Step?
If you are suffering from heel pain, please call us today at 301-937-5666 or fill out the appointment request form.
Plantar Fasciitis & Heel Pain Patient Reviews:
“I came to Dr. Deiboldt after seeing my primary care physician about pain in my heel upon waking up in the mornings. At the time, I was undergoing some difficulty in my business and struggled to get the necessary exercise to help me deal with the stress that comes with being a small business owner.
From the first appointment, I felt at ease. The staff was super courteous and Dr. Deiboldt proved to be a reputable podiatrist. He understood my weekend warrior activities and frustrations of my plantar fasciitis. From the first appointment, the treatments made a considerable difference. I feel grateful that Dr. Deiboldt had my best intentions in mind.
Within a month I was back to running a full mile. Within 2 months I was averaging 3 miles per run, 2-3 times a week. I was able to enjoy full activity and the regular exercise helped me also to get my confidence and business back on track. Later in the summer, I was able to regular cycle 20-35 miles on the weekend in addition. I wouldn’t recommend anyone else. Thanks Dr. Deiboldt!”
– Pradeep C. Mistry
“I had pain in both of my feet. Heel spurs and plantar fasciitis. I was treated with Ankle-Foot orthotics and foot stretching exercises. After the treatments, my foot improved. You have to listen to the dcotor and take his advice.”
– Katherine Partington