Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain. It involves inflammation of a thick band of tissue that connects your heel bone to the base of your toes. Plantar fasciitis typically causes a stabbing pain at the bottom of your foot near the heel. The symptom usually gets worse with the first few steps after waking up. It can also be triggered by long periods of standing or when you get up from sitting. However, as you get up and move for a while, the pain normally decreases. The symptoms can be worsen if the diseases are not properly treated. Certain types of exercise can also contribute to the onset of plantar fasciitis.
The second most common cause of heel pain is achilles tendonitis, which the pain usually occurs in the back of the heel.
Diseases or conditions which cause the symptoms
- Plantar fasciitis
- Achilles tendinitis
- Posterior tibial tendonitis
- Calcaneus fracture
When to see a doctor
- Heel pain after waking up or long-distance walking.
- Heel pain which interferes with daily activities.