Chronic Heel Pain? 4 Simple Fixes for Your Plantar Fasciitis
If you’re dealing with chronic heel pain, one likely culprit is plantar fasciitis. It’s a common foot injury that can cause a stabbing pain in the bottom of your foot near the heel. It sometimes resolves on its own, but there are a few simple home treatments that also can help.
The plantar fascia is a band of deep tissue that runs from your heel bone to your toes. Plantar fasciitis is deformation or a tear of that tissue. It causes irritation, inflammation, and, eventually, pain.
Sports chiropractor Thomas Torzok, DC, says the problem typically develops over time. It also can take some time to heal — any anywhere from months to a year, he says.
“The plantar fascia is not a tissue with great blood supply or high metabolic activity,” he says. “It probably takes years for plantar fasciitis to form to the point where you start to notice it. And, as a result, it takes some time for it to heal. Once it’s irritated, it’s pretty stubborn.”
Despite this, he says there are some simple things you can do at home to combat the problem. First, you need to understand why it’s happening.
What’s causing the pain?