There are a number of conditions that cause pain on the bottom of your heel. The most common cause is plantar fasciitis, which affects approximately 1 in 10 people.

    The plantar fascia is a ligament-like structure that runs from the bottom of the heel to the ball of the foot, and helps to support the arch.

    Plantar fasciitis is characterised by a sharp pain when first getting out of bed in the morning, which reduces with walking. However, the pain may return at the end of the day, and be just as painful as the morning pain.

    Risk factors for getting plantar fasciitis include being overweight, increased time spent standing and a decreased ankle joint range of motion. These risk factors all place extra stress on the plantar heel, resulting in pain. Therefore, addressing these risks are a key part of successful management.

    There are a variety of treatments used for plantar fasciitis, however there is no agreement on which treatments are most effective.

    Simple heel pain self-care treatments include:

    • reducing weight (ideally a BMI below 30)
    • reducing activity levels (e.g. amount of running) or time spent standing
    • wearing supportive cushioned footwear (e.g. runners)
    • performing calf and plantar fascia stretches before standing after a period of rest
    Straight knee calf stretch Bent knee calf stretch Plantar fascia stretch

    If these treatment fail, there are a variety of other more complex and expensive treatment options. Two commonly provided treatments are foot orthoses (shoe insoles) and corticosteroid injections. Although these treatments are common, it is not known which treatment is more effective.

    A new randomised trial (the SOOTHE Heel Pain Trial) will compare these interventions, and is looking for participants with plantar fasciitis.

    For more information about participating in the trial please see the website www.heelpaintrial.com or contact Glen Whittaker on 9479 5785 or g.whi[email protected]

    Why do my heels hurt when I get out of bed?
    The plantar fascia is a ligament-like structure that runs from the bottom of the heel to the ball of the foot, and helps to support the arch. Plantar fasciitis is characterised by a sharp pain when first getting out of bed in the morning, which reduces with walking. more
    Why does my heel hurt when I walk after sitting?
    Plantar fasciitis typically causes a stabbing pain in the bottom of your foot near the heel. The pain is usually the worst with the first few steps after awakening, although it can also be triggered by long periods of standing or when you get up from sitting. more
    Does God hurt when hurt?
    Psalm 34:18 is a wonderful Bible verse that tells us about God's care for us when we are hurting. It says, “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted (NIV).” God is close to you, not far away. In fact, He's with you even now, and He'll be with you throughout the holidays. more
    Why does my heel hurt on the outside?
    The more common conditions causing outer heel pain are peroneal tendonitis and sinus tarsi syndrome. more
    Is it better to walk heel to toe or toe to heel?
    The toe-heel pattern expends greater energy because it puts undue stress on the extensor muscles of the ankle, knee and hip. This finding suggests that the heel-toe pattern is the correct way to walk on your feet when you want to protect your muscles. more
    Why does my heel hurt when I get out of bed in the morning?
    Plantar fasciitis most commonly occurs with the first few steps in the morning or after sitting for a long time and toward the end of the day from prolonged standing,” Dr. Lyon said. “Morning pain is from the sudden tension of the plantar fascia as it gets stretched after shortening overnight.” more
    Why does my right heel hurt?
    The most common causes of heel pain are plantar fasciitis (bottom of the heel) and Achilles tendinitis (back of the heel). Causes of heel pain also include: Achilles tendinitis. Achilles tendon rupture. more
    Why do my heels hurt after lying down?
    The most common cause is plantar fasciitis, which affects approximately 1 in 10 people. The plantar fascia is a ligament-like structure that runs from the bottom of the heel to the ball of the foot, and helps to support the arch. more
    Should you walk toe to heel or heel to toe?
    The toe-heel pattern expends greater energy because it puts undue stress on the extensor muscles of the ankle, knee and hip. This finding suggests that the heel-toe pattern is the correct way to walk on your feet when you want to protect your muscles. more
    Why is a heel called a heel?
    In non-wrestling jargon, heels are often the "bad guys" in pro wrestling storylines. They are typically opposed by a face (crowd favorite). Some tweeners exhibit heel mannerisms. The term "heel" is most likely is derived from a slang usage of the word that first appeared around 1914, meaning "contemptible person". more
    Why do my heels hurt when I walk in the morning?
    Plantar fasciitis most commonly occurs with the first few steps in the morning or after sitting for a long time and toward the end of the day from prolonged standing,” Dr. Lyon said. “Morning pain is from the sudden tension of the plantar fascia as it gets stretched after shortening overnight.” more

    Source: semrc.blogs.latrobe.edu.au

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