Fifteen Ways to Fight Heel Pain

There are many different causes of heel pain, but the most
common cause is plantar fasciitis (plan * tar fash* ee * I *
tis). If you experience a sharp pain in your heel when you
first step down in the morning, it is most likely due to plantar
fasciitis. This problem is a result of excess stress through a
long ligament type structure (the plantar fascia) in the
bottom of the foot. The excess stress causes tearing and
results in inflammation and pain. The classic symptoms are
pain in the heel at the first step in the morning, or upon
rising after long periods of rest. Many will complain of a
sharp pain in the heel when they step out of their car or after
finishing their lunch break. Other individuals only experience
heel pain at the end of the day or during certain types of
activity like running, soccer or tennis. The pain may extend
into the arch and feel achy at the end of the day.

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