Although heel pain symptoms can be caused by a wide variety of different pathologies—including tendinitis, bone spurs, and even pinched nerves—one cause in particular is by far the most common: plantar fasciitis.
This specific condition is the result of inflammation, tearing, or other damage to the plantar fascia ligament that runs underneath your foot. This long, tough, fibrous tissue is designed to support your arch, but can become aggravated under heavy stress loads. When it does become damaged, it typically occurs right underneath the heel.
The good news is that the vast majority of plantar fasciitis cases can be treated successfully without surgery. However, we still recommend you see us for an appointment if your heels are hurting. While plantar fasciitis is very common, it can still have multiple different causes and contributing factors. And if you don’t understand which particular factors are contributing the most to your symptoms, you may find your attempts at home treatment less than fully successful.