Both heel pain and heel spurs are frequently associated with an inflammation of the band of fibrous connective tissue (fascia) running along the bottom (plantar surface) of the foot, from the heel to the ball of the foot. This inflammation is called Plantar Fasciitis, which is common among athletes who run and jump a lot and can be quite painful.
The condition occurs when the Plantar Fascia is strained over time beyond its normal extension, causing the soft tissue fibers of the fascia to tear or stretch at points along its length. This leads to inflammation, pain, and possibly the growth of a bone spur where it attaches to the heel bone.
The inflammation may be aggravated by shoes that lack proper support, especially in the arch area, as well as by the chronic irritation that sometimes accompanies an athletic lifestyle.
Resting provides only temporary relief, when you resume walking, especially in the morning after a night’s sleep, you may experience a sudden elongation of the fascia band which stretches and pulls on the heel. As you walk the heel pain may lessen or even disappear, which may be nothing but a false sense of relief. The pain often returns after prolonged rest or extensive walking.
At Brighton Family Foot Care we have great success treating all types of heel pain. Don’t live with foot pain; make an appointment today and we will make you well so you can enjoy the activities you love once again!