Heel Pain

Plantar fasciitis (plan-ter fash-ee-eye-tiss) is pain in the heel or arch of the foot. It is caused by irritation of the plantar fascia—the band of tissue that goes from the heel to the ball of the foot.

Plantar fasciitis is a common condition. It is also called jogger’s heel. The main symptom is pain in the heel when you stand up after sleeping or resting. The pain usually gets better when you walk around.


  •  More than 90% of patients will improve of starting simple treatment. 
  • It usually goes away on its own in less than six months.
  • Achilles Stretching by leaning forward against a wall with your foot planted  will help.  
  • Using medication such as Ibuprofen or Naproxen may help (always consult your physician before taking these medications).
  • Physical Therapy. We offer expert P.T. at both of our office locations.  
  • Heel pad or lift may help.
  • Cortisone Injections which can act a powerful anti-inflammatory to reduce inflammation. 
  • Ice on the back of the heel may help. 
  • If the above treatments do not work then surgery may be an option. Here are some things you should know before you consider surgery. Read the Consumers Reports Choose Wisely handout.

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Robert Howard, DO

Dr. Howard is primarily focused on diagnosing and treating foot and ankle conditions with the latest techniques. Dr. Howard is one of the few orthopedic surgeons specifically trained in conditions of the foot and ankle.