Something we have seen patients complain of increasingly in our offices is heel pain – given many years, lots of walking, dancing, running, and general wear and tear, and wearing stylish but unsupportive shoes, it’s no surprise that people’s heels are hurting!
A common cause of heel pain is plantar fasciitis, meaning inflammation of the plantar fascia. The plantar fascia is a thick, broad band of fibrous tissue located at the bottom (plantar) side of the foot. It attaches to the heel as well as all five toes at the ball of the foot. The plantar fascia is not elastic like muscles are, so when we wear shoes with no arch support, our arches start to flatten and the plantar fascia pulls constantly where it is attached to the heel. This overworks the plantar fascia, causing it to become inflamed and irritated.
Given an infinite amount of time and many years of wearing unsupportive shoes, anybody could develop heel pain. If you’re having heel pain, don’t let your feet suffer anymore! Come see Dr. Feeny Keller or Dr. Gwynn and they’ll give you plenty of options to heal your hurting heels.