Plantar Fasciitis: The plantar fascia is the fibrous band of tissue that connects your toes to your heels. If you’re experiencing heel pain, you may have an inflammation of your plantar fascia. Most common in the morning, this pain feels like a shooting pain and may be triggered by standing after an extended state of remoteness.
Often times, this pain is the result of excessive stretching of the plantar fascia. Also, if you have flat feet, you could be at risk of developing plantar fasciitis. Other common causes include a sudden increase in physical activity or wearing ill-fitting footwear. This condition is common and treatable once the source of pain is determined. If your pain is a result of the natural structure of your foot, such as flat feet, then having custom-made orthotics will aid in providing the proper arch support.
Achilles Tendonitis: The Achilles tendon is the band of tissue that connects your calf muscle to your heel bone. It can be injured through overuse, including activities that require a lot of stop and go motion. Another common cause is over-pronation – when the arch cannot support the weight that is being placed on it, leading to stress of the arch. If left untreated, your Achilles tendon may rupture; it is imperative to treat it before it worsens.