Plantar fasciitis frequently causes heel pain. The condition is also known as heel spur syndrome. Other factors can lead to heel pain as well including arthritis, nerve aggravation, tendonitis, stress fractures, and in some rare instances a cyst. To identify the exact cause, the podiatrist will assess the foot and ankle for any indications of a variety of medical conditions.
Plantar fasciitis is a condition which causes inflammation, or swelling, of the plantar fascia. The plantar fascia is a band of tissue which connects the heel bone to the arch of the foot. When this ligament is irritated, it can swell, causing heel pain. The irritation is typically the result of structural defects within the foot itself. Wearing shoes which don’t provide support, particularly when standing or walking on hard, flat surfaces, can put a strain on the plantar fascia which can also cause irritation. Many individuals with the condition have a bony spur present on the heel bone, which is a common cause of heel pain and gives the condition the name heel spur syndrome.
Treatment will usually start with physical therapy and at-home strategies. Options will include: