Heel pain can make walking difficult and uncomfortable. Approximately 1 in 10 people will develop heel pain in their lifetime, and one of the most common causes is a condition known as plantar fasciitis.
The plantar fascia is a ligament that connects the heel bone to the toes, supporting the foot's arch. Plantar fasciitis occurs when the plantar fascia becomes inflamed, leading to pain at its attachment to the heel bone. In many cases, the symptoms of plantar fasciitis will go away within ten months. Patients who do not see symptom relief may seek more aggressive plantar fasciitis treatment to alleviate their pain.