Heel pain – Plantar Fasciitis

The greatest incidence of heel pain is seen in middle-aged men and women. It is also seen in those who take part in regular sporting activities and those who spend long periods on their feet. Heel pain can also occur in children, usually between 8 and 13, as they become increasingly active in sporting activities.


Plantar Fasciitis is the weakening of the plantar fascia, which is a thick band of fibrous tissue that runs from the bottom of the heel bone, along the underside of the foot.

Pain occurs when micro tears form along the tissue due to overuse, weak arches or flat feet. It can also be caused by incorrect walking technique.


Depending on the cause treatment can include orthotics to correct foot position and walking technique, anti-inflammatory medication and ongoing exercises to strengthen the foot muscles.

The problem could also be caused by the legs or hips, which would require additional corrections in those areas.

When plantar fasciitis is caused by an isolated injury, treatment can include rest and mild mobility exercises to assist healing.