The most common cause of localised heel pain, is Plantar Fasciitis (PF), known as ‘heel spurs’. This condition involves inflammation of the fascia on the bottom of the foot that connects to the inside of the heel bone.
The soft tissue damage of the plantar fascia is what causes most of the heel pain symptoms. However due to the pull of the fascia on the heel bone, heel spurs will also form with this condition.
Heel pain generally starts off slowly and gets worse over a period of time. It is more prevalent in those who are overweight or begin a new exercise training program.
The plantar fascia is a very important structure in the foot as it maintains the arch and assists the foot in propelling forward when walking.