Do you suffer from pain in your heel when you get out of the bed in the morning? Do you get pain when you stand up after a period of rest?
If you do, you might have what is called Plantar fasciitis.
Plantar fasciitis is inflammation of the plantar fascia. The plantar fascia is a structure in your foot that provides support to your arch and aids in shock absorption.
This pathology can be of a gradual onset and can be caused by an increase in body weight, tight calf muscles, incorrect footwear, abnormal biomechanics and or a heel spur.
There may be pain directly on the inside of the heel and right up through the arch.
Sometimes an ultrasound or x-ray can be performed to find out the thickness of the plantar fascia or the presence of a heel spur.
Podiatrists use many different treatment modalities to treat this common condition. One of which is taping.
Taping of the foot and heel will reduce the overall strain on the foot and plantar fascia. The foot will feel more supported and feel like the arch is being held up. For long-term effects an orthotic will replicate this.
If your pain persists there are many other conservative measures that can help with this problem.