Heel pain is generally the result of faulty biomechanics (walking gait abnormalities) that place too much stress on the heel bone and the soft tissues that attach to it. The stress may also result from injury, or a bruise incurred while walking, running, or jumping on hard surfaces; wearing poorly constructed footwear; or being overweight.
The heel bone is the largest of the 26 bones in the human foot, which also has 33 joints and a network of more than 100 tendons, muscles, and ligaments. Like all bones, it is subject to outside influences that can affect its integrity and its ability to keep us on our feet. Heel pain, sometimes disabling, can occur in the front, back, or bottom of the heel.
Heel Spurs or Plantar fasciitis can become a chronic problem if not treated properly. About 80 percent of patients do well with conservative treatment such as orthotics, injections, stretching exercises and about 20 percent end up having surgery. At Foot & Ankle Concepts with our protocol we are able to beat these numbers. 95% of our patients do well with our regimen for heel pain, and only 5 percent end up with surgery.