What is Heel Pain Syndrome and Plantar Fasciosis (Fasciitis)?
It is often described by those suffering as the feeling of walking on a pebble. Pain is typically worse in the morning or after periods of inactivity or not standing. As the condition gets worse, pain may be felt even when not placing weight on the affected foot.
What causes it?
Heel pain may be caused by many things, ranging from simple mechanical plantar fasciitis (fasciosis) to complex metabolic diseases such as Reiter’s syndrome. Most heel pain is related to the plantar fascia, but many times the patient is diagnosed incorrectly, or has additional masked symptoms such as a nerve entrapment. Heel pain is thought to affect more than 2 million Americans every year, and is the cause of more visits to a doctor than any other foot condition.