Do you have heel pain?
Heel spur (plantar fasciitis) is a condition in which the bottom of the heel is extremely painful.
A heel spur is actually a bony overgrowth on the bottom of your heel bone. The heel spur is usually a result of an inflamed ligament (plantar fascia) on the bottom of the foot that attaches to the heel bone. Constant abnormal pulling of this ligament irritates the heel bone and so the body lays down a bone spur as a protective mechanism.
This condition often causes pain with the first step in the morning, some relief following activity, but returning after extended amounts of time standing or walking.
This condition is a constellation of many causes; overweight, ill fitting shoes, bio-mechanical problems (mal-alignment of the heel), gout, pronation (a complex motion including outward rotation of the heel and inward rotation of the ankle) and rheumatoid arthritis are some of the causes of heel pain.
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