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Why does my heel hurt?


The most common reason for heel pain is due to plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a ligament that runs along the bottom of the foot from the heel towards the toes and can become inflamed and painful. A common cause for plantar fasciitis is due to overuse and repetitive strain to the plantar fascia. 


There are some risk factors that may contribute to heel pain such as: 

  • Improper shoe fit

  • Very high arch

  • Diabetes Mellitus

  • Excessive dynamic foot pronation

  • Weakness of the calf muscles 


Common characteristics of plantar fasciitis include: 

  • Pain in the heel with the first step in the morning 

  • Tenderness to the heel

  • Worse when barefoot or walking on hard surfaces 

  • Rapid increase in activity before the start of heel pain


Plantar fasciitis may cause pain with daily activities such as walking, stairs, running and household chores. Walnut Physical Therapy and Performance can help decrease pain, improve strength and range of motion of the foot and ankle. A physical therapist will evaluate your foot and ankle, and tailor a specific treatment plan which may include strengthening, stretching, and manual therapy. Our team will work together with you to improve this condition and return to your daily activities and hobbies.  


-Leanne Komoda, PT, DPT 

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