Frequently, the cause of a person’s heel pain is a condition known as plantar fasciitis. This condition is also known as heel spur syndrome. Other conditions or issues can cause heel pain as well including a stress fracture, nerve irritation, arthritis, tendonitis, or less frequently a cyst. The podiatrist will examine the foot and ankle thoroughly to determine the exact cause.
The inflammation or swelling of the plantar fascia, a band of tissue which connects the base of the foot to the heel, is known as plantar fasciitis. The irritation of this ligament can cause swelling and cause pain throughout the heel and foot. The irritation is usually caused by structural issues within the foot itself. Wearing unsupportive shoes, especially when standing or walking on hard, flat surfaces, can also strain the fascia and cause discomfort. A bony spur can contribute to the issue as well and is present is numerous cases. This gives the condition the other name of heel spur syndrome.
Treatment will traditionally begin with at-home care and physical therapy. Options will also include:
When these above treatments have failed, surgery can be used. It can rid the person of the heel spur and can be used to operate on the plantar fascia itself.