Approximately 50% of the population will experience pain in the heel at some time in their life. Heel pain is most frequently caused by plantar fasciitis.
What Is Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the band of tissue (the plantar fascia) that extends from the heel to the toes. The fascia first becomes irritated and then inflamed from over stretching, resulting in heel pain.
People with flat feet or high-arched feet are more likely to develop plantar fasciitis. Wearing non-supportive footwear on hard, flat floors puts a great strain on the plantar fascia and can also lead to plantar fasciitis. People who spend long hours on their feet are more commonly affected by this painful condition. Being overweight may also contribute to plantar fasciitis.
People with plantar fasciitis often describe the pain as worse when they get up in the morning or after they’ve been sitting for long periods of time. After a few minutes of walking the pain decreases, because walking stretches the fascia. For some people the pain subsides but returns after spending long periods of time on their feet.
What you can try at home
If after 2-3 weeks of these measures you find there is no improvement, consult your doctor.