Plantar fasciitis or heel pain is that annoying pain that’s there when you first get up or after being on your feet for long periods of the day and it just aches. It has been reported to affect 10% of the population over a lifetime. It is commonly associated with long periods of weight bearing, going barefoot on concrete and harder surfaces or running in worn out shoes.
The pain is usually felt on the underside of the heel and is often most intense with the first steps of the day.
Your podiatrist will examine your foot for swelling, redness and tenderness of the area and assess if there is any tearing of the plantar fascia. Xrays or
ultrasound may be taken.
Initial treatment will depend on the significance of the injury but in most cases usually involves immobilisation strapping or a compressive brace, heel
stretching exercises, night splints or orthotics. Antiinflammatory medications may also be given.
Foot pain can continue, and progress into a severe condition that affects the ability to walk. Eventually, permanent damage to the plantar fascia or
surrounding nerves may occur.