Heel Pain

Plantar Fascitis

The most common cause of heel pain is plantar fascitis: inflammation and thickening of the fibrous sheet of tissue on the bottom of the foot. This condition may be caused by a sudden increase in activities such as running, incorrect footwear or from an acute injury. Plantar fascitis is characterized by the following symptoms:

  • Pain localized on the bottom of the foot, most commonly on the heel
  • Pain that is worse when one begins walking after getting out of bed in the morning or after periods of inactivity
  • Pain that diminishes with light activity, but worsens with vigorous activity
  • Pain that is commonly worse when walking barefooted
  • Pain described as a pulling sensation with walking or a deep bruise when standing
  • Pain that is worse with low-heeled shoes
Heel Spur Formation

Chronic stress and irritation may cause calcification of the attachment of the plantar fascia to the heel. The calcification of the plantar fascia will appear like a "spur" on X-ray. Dr. Peter Huynh can evaluate and treat your heel pain with custom accuthotix, phototherapy, myofascial release, foot adjustments, and proper stretching and strengthening exercises.