There are many possible causes of heel pain, but plantar fasciitis (pronounced fa-shee-ai-tuhs, meaning inflammation of the plantar fascia) is a particularly common one that we see at City Osteopaths. The pain of plantar fasciitis is usually felt on the underneath or inside of the heel, in contrast to Achilles tendonitis, which is more commonly felt on the back of the heel. The pain is typically worse when walking, particularly first thing in the morning or after a period of sitting. Usually, the pain is easier when wearing supportive shoes compared to being barefoot.
The plantar fascia is a ligament like structure that supports the arch of the foot by tethering the two ends together – attached to the heel at one end and the base of the toes at the other. Pain occurs when the plantar fascia’s attachment at the heel b