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Heel Pain


What causes heel pain?


Most cases of heel pain are caused when a band of tissue in the foot, known as the plantar fascia, becomes damage and thickened.

Plantar fasciitis is the medical term for the thickening of the plantar fascia.

The plantar fascia

The plantar fascia is a tough and flexible band of tissue that runs under the sole of the foot. It connects the heel bone with the bones of the foot, and acts as a kind of shock absorber to the foot.

Sudden damage, or damage that occurs over many months or years, can cause tiny tears (microtears) to develop inside the tissue of the plantar fascia. This can cause the plantar fascia to thicken, resulting in heel pain.

The surrounding tissue and the heel bone can also sometimes become inflamed.

Read more about the causes of heel pain.

Treating heel pain


There are a number of treatments that can help relieve heel pain and speed up your recovery. These include:
  • resting your heel - try to avoid walking long distances and standing for long periods
  • regular stretching - stretching your calf muscles and plantar fascia
  • pain relief - using an icepack on the affected heel and taking painkillers, such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • wearing good-fitting shoes that support and cushion your foot - running shoes are particularly useful
  • using supportive devices such as orthoses (rigid supports you put inside your shoe) or strapping
Around four out of five cases of heel pain resolve within a year. However, having heel pain for this length of time can often be frustrating and painful.

In around one in 20 cases, the above treatments are not enough and surgery may be recommended to release the plantar fascia.

Read more about treating heel pain.
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