Plantar fasciitis is the term commonly used to refer to heel and arch pain. Although we often use the term heel spur to describe this condition, pain on the bottom of the heel is rarely caused by a bone spur. The most common cause of this heel pain is plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of the connective tissue, called plantar fascia. The plantar fascia stretches from the base of the toes, across the arch of the foot, and attaches to the bottom of the heel bone. As the foot rolls inward when walking, it flattens the foot, lengthens the arch, and puts excessive tension on the plantar fascia leading to damage and pain.
Heel pain can successfully treated with a combination treatments including proper shoes, orthotic arch supports, exercises and physical therapy. In persistent cases, injections and other treatments can be prescribed by our doctors.
The doctors at Foot And Ankle Center of Iowa have studied the cause of this condition for many years and have noted a link to a tight calf muscle and achilles tendon. When this tightness is present the pain will persist until the tight muscle is treated. Our doctors can evaluate this condition and recommend the best treatment course if tightness is present.
Click here to read the 2018 American College of Foot & Ankle Surgeons Heel Pain Consensus Statement