Heel pain in adults could be caused by many different conditions, but the most frequent cause is a condition known as plantar fasciitis. The pain from plantar fasciitis commonly are under the heel and the traditional sign is that the discomfort is more intense when getting out of bed first thing in the morning for those initial steps. Right after those initial steps the discomfort does typically ease to some extent, but gets worse again as the day goes on. The plantar fascia is a long ligament under the bottom of the foot that is responsible for supporting the arch of the foot, so plantar fasciitis is caused by there is excessive weight on the arch of the foot. The most important risk factors for this are tight calf muscles, being overweight and having increased levels of exercise. Lower limb structural problems that adds to the load in the plantar fascia are usually an issue in raising the stress.

The initial approach to plantar fasciitis is pain relief by using ice after activity and maybe using anti-inflammatory and pain relief drugs. Strapping can also be used temporarily to help you with the pain. Foot orthotics enables you to lessen the stress on the arch of the foot and fix any dysfunctional problems that might be a issue in leading to the condition. You will need to stretch the calf muscles as that is a significant risk. Night can also be used to help with that stretching if necessary. Strengthening the muscles which also support the arch is usually advantageous as they take some load of the plantar fascia. Over the long term, weight loss is really important for plantar fasciitis because this actually does create a lot of load in the foot. When these approaches aren't helping to well, then it's time for you to look at treatment such as shockwave therapy or corticosteroid shots. A final option would be surgical treatment.