What Causes Heel Pain? • Plantar Fasciitis • The primary cause of heel pain! • Inflammation and pain along the tissue band that supports the arch on the bottom of the foot, called the plantar fascia • Usually felt on the bottom of the heel, where the plantar fascia attaches to the heel bone
Plantar Fasciitis • Chronic in 5-10 percent of all patients • Not necessarily associated with a heel spur • Over 90 percent of cases resolved with conservative treatments
Plantar Fasciitis Causes • Excessive weight • Footwear • Walking barefoot • Increase in exercise • Walking on hard surfaces
Other Heel Pain Causes • Tendinitis • Stress fractures or fractures • Neuritis • Bursitis • Tarsal tunnel syndrome • Arthritis • Fat pad thinning
Heel Pain Treatment • Physical therapy • Custom orthotics • Injections • Prescription medications • Immobilization If treated early, most respond to conservative treatments within a short period of time!
Advanced Treatment Options • Advanced treatment options include: • Extracorporeal shockwave • Coblation • Cryotherapy
Visit Your Podiatrist • Ask your podiatrist what current heel pain treatment options are right for you • To find one in your area, visit www.apma.org