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Painful Heels
If you suffer from sharp pain in your heel, you could be suffering from a common condition called plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a band of tough, fibrous tissue that runs underneath your foot, connecting the heel bone with the base of each toe. This important structure helps to support the arch of the foot and tightens during walking to help lift the heel off the ground.

Pain in the plantar fascia has a number of causes. You may have recently taken up a new activity or sport. The condition is particularly common if you are overweight, or have tight calf muscles, meaning that more strain is placed on the plantar fascia. Finally, people who stand for long periods, or have very low or very high arched feet may be at increased risk of developing this problem.

Plantar fasciitis occurs when excessive strain is placed on the tissue, causing pain and inflammation. The strain tends to occur over a number of weeks and months, and is rarely attributed to a sudden accident or injury. The most common site is the front part of the heel, but this stabbing pain can occur at any point of the plantar fascia. The pain is at its worst first thing in the morning, but often occurs during the day, especially after periods of sitting or standing.

The good news is that there are a number of things you can do to treat the condition yourself. It’s important to rest the affected area to prevent further damage and using an ice pack for a maximum of 15minutes, 3-4 times per day will reduce the pain and inflammation.

Choose shoes with a cushioning sole that will support the foot and rest the painful area.
Secret of comfort
There are numerous conditions which affect the feet, and it’s important that you wear the right style of shoe depending on your symptoms. These pages should act as a guideline as each case will be different.  Please always consult your podiatrist if you have any concerns regarding the health of your feet.