Mr Dishan Singh MBChB, FRCS, FRCS(Orth)

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Foot & Ankle Specialist

Plantar fasciitis (heel pain)

Plantar fasciitis causes pain under the heel. It usually diminishes with time, but treatment may speed up recovery.

Heel pain (sometimes intermittent) is usually worse in the morning (when rising), after periods of prolonged sitting or at the start of sporting activity. The pain has been described as a nail being driven into the heel or a burning sensation. Pain may also occur in the middle part of the foot.

Treatments

  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (eg brufen and nurofen). Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking any medication
  • Appropriate footwear - wear shoes with extra cushioning, eg running trainers. Do not walk bare foot or on hard surfaces
  • Orthotic devices - arch supports and/or heel cushions
  • Stretching of the Achilles tendon (physio - see A patient's guide to plantar fasciitis)
  • Night splints
  • Cast application (occasionally)
  • Steroid injection (rarely)

Read more about plantar fasciitis (heel pain) including common causes and exercises:

 A patient's guide to plantar fasciitis (heel pain)

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