Plantar Fasciitis

Heel pain is usually caused by acute or chronic inflammation of the plantar fascia, a ligament-like structure located on the bottom of the foot. 

Causes of Heel Pain

Inflammation of the plantar fascia (plantar fasciitis) can be caused by 

  • Heel spur 
  • Gout
  • Arthritis
  • Obesity
  • Other local and systemic diseases.


Heel pain can frequently be treated by such conservative methods as 

  • Orthotic foot supports
  • Cortisone injections
  • Oral anti-inflammatory medications
  • Weight loss, if indicated. 


When conservative treatment fails, surgical intervention may be necessary. 

This procedure relieves the pain of chronic plantar fasciitis. This condition is an inflammation of the plantar fascia, a thick band of connective tissue that stretches across the sole of the foot. This procedure may be performed with local or regional anesthesia and with sedation.