The most common cause of heel pain that we see at Richmond Podiatry is caused by Plantar Fasciitis. The pain in the heel is caused by inflammation of the Plantar Fascia, a thick band of tissue that runs from the heel bone along the base of the foot to the bones in your toes.
The pain is often described as a stabbing pain and is often at it’s worst first thing in the morning or after rest. It can also be a constant pain when walking or standing for long periods.
The Plantar Fascia normally acts as a shock-absorbing bowstring, supporting the arch in your foot. Excessive or repetitive tension and stretching on that bowstring can create small tears and result in pain and inflammation.
Our Podiatrist will assess your foot and seek to find the cause of the inflammation and find a treatment option that fits in with your lifestyle and level of activity. This may include stretching, orthotics, footwear changes or activity modifications.