Heel pain is often caused by Plantar fasciitis which is an overuse condition of the ligament running along the sole of the foot. This ligament runs between the heel bone (calcaneus),and the ball of the foot, and is responsible for providing stability during gait, as well as assisting in maintaining the height of the arch.
It is often irritated in people with flat feet , but can also be problematic in people with high arched feet. Tight calf muscles also predispose a person to this condition. It is often aggravated by activities such as running, brisk walking or jumping as well as unsupportive footwear such as thongs.
The most common symptom is ‘first step pain’. Patients often report feeling pain either along the sole of the foot, or at the heel itself when they first get out of bed in the morning. This is because the plantar fascia has relaxed over night, and is then maximally stretched when the foot is placed on the ground. The symptoms generally improve with more activity.
Without early treatment, this condition can become chronic and take a very long time to heal. It also may result in a bone spur developing on the heel bone. We therefore advise making an appointment for an assessment ASAP.
Your Podiatrist will conduct a biomechanical evaluation to ascertain the cause of the pain.