Plantar fasciitis is a common cause of pain on the bottom of the heel. Podiatrists treat millions of patients for this condition every year. Plantar fasciitis occurs when the plantar fascia that supports the arch of your foot becomes irritated and inflamed.
The plantar fascia absorbs the high stresses and strains common to our feet during daily activities. But, occasionally, excessive stress will injure or tears the tissues. The body’s natural response to this injury is inflammation, which results in the heel pain and stiffness of plantar fasciitis.
Plantar fasciitis treatment, performed or recommended by a podiatrist, may involve a combination of various treatment measures including compression using taping or bandaging; massage of the plantar fascial ligament; stretching and strengthening exercises and or shoe inserts.
Shoes with thick soles and extra cushioning can reduce pain with standing and walking. A cushioned shoe or insole reduces this tension and the tearing that occurs with every step. Soft silicone heel pads work by elevating and cushioning your heel. Custom orthotics are also helpful.