This is an office visit to evaluate heel pain. Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain.
Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain. It happens when there is structural damage and/or inflammation in a tight band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot (plantar fascia). The plantar fascia is attached to the heel bone. It helps maintain the arch in your foot.
Plantar fasciitis can be caused by an injury to the plantar fascia. Overuse, such as with running, jogging or prolonged standing are sometimes to blame. The following increases your risk:
The heel pain caused by plantar fasciitis is typically worse when you first stand up. It may subside after you have walked for a while, but return later or worsen with prolonged standing, walking or running. The pain may also be worse at the beginning of a workout, but slowly diminish as you exercise. If you have heel pain, discuss treatment options with your healthcare provider. Treatment options may include:
If there is no improvement after several weeks, your doctor may recommend a steroid injection or walking cast. Surgery is a last resort and is rarely needed. Surgery is not usually recommended unless many months of conservative treatment is unsuccessful.
Make an appointment with your healthcare provider if you have pain in your heel(s).
Here are some questions to ask your healthcare provider:
Make sure you understand your treatment plan, any possible alternatives, and what medications are recommended (including possible side effects).
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