Heel pain - plantar fasciitis
Chronic plantar heel pain is the generic term to describe a number of conditions that cause pain to the under surface of the heel. The most common cause of pain to this area is a condition called plantar fasciitis, although there are many other potential diagnoses. This blog will help you to determine whether it is plantar fasciitis that you are suffering from, suggest some reasons why it may have occurred and treatment options to improve the condition.
What is the plantar fascia?
It is a band of fibrous tissue that attaches into the under surface of the heel bone and fans out into the arch, under the sole of the foot, and attaches under the base of all the toes. This band is pulled tight when standing and it helps to maintain the arch of the foot and absorb shock when walking and running. When the band becomes damaged, it becomes thickened and painful.