Western Ohio Podiatric Medical Center

Plantar fasciitis is the result of inflammation of the connective tissue that stretches from the base of the toes, across the arch of the foot, to the point at which it inserts into the heel bone. It is usually characterized by pain on the bottom of the heel with the first few steps in the morning and after rest, but can last all day long. Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain seen in our office, and is the number one foot ailment Americans experience the most.

Although plantar fasciitis is the most common cause, there are many other causes of heel pain. Therefore, a through history and examination at the time of your visit is important X-rays and/or diagnostic ultrasound are usually taken in the office to help determine the cause of your heel pain.

Heel pain, if detected early, can be treated successfully with conservative treatment, including stretching, anti-inflammatory medication, physical therapy and custom shoe inserts, called orthotics, just to name a few. Typically the longer you have untreated heel pain, the more difficult it may be to treat.