Dr. E. Charisse Dunn D.P.M.
5610 PGA Blvd., Suite 212
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418

Heel pain

Heel Pain:

Plantar Fasciitis is the term often referred to for heel and arch pain. More specifically, plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the connective tissue that stretches from the heel, across the arch, to the base of the toes. Chronic inflammation of the plantar fascia at its attachment onto the heel bone causes a "heel spur" to develop. Heel pain often occurs first thing in the morning after getting out of bed or after sitting for an extended period of time and attempting to stand. The pain usually lessens with more walking as you stretch out the ligament, but recurs after periods of rest.

Heel spurs can be diagnosed by pushing on the area of pain and/or X-rays. Heel pain can be caused by wearing flat shoes without support, weight gain, engaging in a new exercise program without proper training, or increased walking, standing, or running.

Treatment of Heel Pain:

Conservative care consists of ice packs, anti-inflammatory medications, stretching exercises, night splints, orthotics (custom inserts) and/or physical therapy. Surgical treatment may be necessary, and consists of releasing the tight arch band on the heel bone.