Heel pain or plantar fasciitis (heel spur)

Female foot showing site of heel pain commonly plantar fasciitis

Pain on the bottom of the heel, just as you get out to bed in the morning or after prolonged standing, is usually associated with a repetitive strain injury.

It is called plantar fasciitis (heel spur) which means inflammation at the insertion point of the connective tissue band in the arch of the foot. It does not sound like much, but if ignored for too long, it can become extremely painful and stop you from enjoying many activities.

It is often caused by suddenly increasing your exercise regime. It can also be caused by carrying heavy loads or from prolonged standing on hard surfaces.

An experienced podiatrist can assess your footwear and foot function and recommend aids and gentle exercises to alleviate the condition.