One of the most common heel problems seen by Canadian Certified Pedorthists, plantar fasciitis is the inflammation and irritation of the plantar fascia (a thick fibrous tissue that extends from the heel to the toes, supporting the arch). Poor foot posture or excessive ankle motion during walking can strain the plantar fascia resulting in small tears and increased tension where the fascia attaches to the calcaneus (heel).
- Pain and swelling (inflammation) at the beginning of the arch or bottom of the heel
- Often the pain is worse with the first few steps after rising in the morning or after sitting
Calcaneal Stress Fracture
Calcaneal stress fracture of the heel is usually a result of some sort of trauma but can also result from increased activity done improperly.
- Total avoidance of weight-bearing