Heel Pain: Defined

Heel pain most commonly is caused by plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis involves pain and inflammation of a thick band of tissue, called the plantar fascia, that runs across the bottom of the foot connecting the heel bone to the toes. This condition usually causes pain most notably when a person first stands up, however, as the foot relaxes after prolonged standing, the pain can diminish. Typically, plantar fasciitis resolves with conservative care. Careful diagnosis of the heel pain by your podiatrist is important.

Other reasons for heel pain can include peripheral neuritis, arthritis, fracture, bone tumor, limited Achilles’ tendon mobility, and abnormal biomechanics.