The vast majority of heel pain is caused by plantar fasciitis. The Plantar Fascia is a broad band of fibrous tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot from the heel to the forefoot. It acts as a key stabilising feature that enables the foot to remain a solid structure when propelling body weight forward with each step.
Inefficient loading of the foot can cause altered stretch on the fascia, which often will result in inflammation and pain at the attachment to the bottom surface of the heel. It often presents as pain first thing in the morning or immediately upon weight bearing activity following rest periods.
Often in the initial stages of heel pain presentation, the pain will slowly improve with walking and then repeat the pain cycle after any periods at rest. It is not uncommon to experience these symptoms as a result of poor choices in footwear or when we have increased our usual weight bearing activity level in a rapid fashion.
Prime examples of this include starting a higher intensity gym program or drastically increasing the distance of a run.
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