Heel pain is primarily an inflammation of plantar fascia. If left unattended for long, it invites degenerative changes rather than inflammatory changes. This problem is related with the thick fibrous band of tissues beginning from the bottom of the heel bone and moving along the sole towards the toes. Almost 10% of world population carries this. Weight bearing activities are the most common cause which gets added support from obesity. Athletes are most prone to heel pain Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome – This condition is similar to carpal tunnel syndrome of the wrist but in this case it is the tibial nerve that becomes pinched causing inflammation and pain.
As we enjoy more temperate weather, we may choose to jog, walk or run. It is important to stretch out, wear proper footwear, and seek the advice of a podiatrist if foot pain occurs. Many foot issues can be treated conservatively, and if addressed quickly, can be resolved in a relatively short period of time. Before you can resort to any calf muscle pain relief, you have to understand the muscles involved. There are three calf muscles, two inner and outer muscles (gastrocnemius muscle) and the other one is soleus muscle. Gastrocnemius muscles arise from the lower part of the thigh bone, which is above the knee, while soleus muscle
Heel spur is also known as plantar fasciitis, and it occurs when the tissues that are present below the heel get damaged or hurt. These are very soft tissues, and it does not take much contact or force to rupture these tissues. The inflammation of these tissues, which are in the form of a band, is known as ‘heel spurs syndrome’. Traditionally treatment has included ice massage, orthotics, calf stretches and sometimes Cortisone injections. Whilst these treatments may still have a place in treating heel pain , excluding ice massage, a new treatment approach has emerged that has the ability to yield faster more long term resolution of symptoms.
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Sudden increase in the frequency of repetitive activity involving the Achilles tendon, burdens the tendon with too much pressure in a short time. This results in a micro-injury of the tendon fibers. Since the stress is continuously applied, even after the micro-injury, the body is unable to repair the damage. The tendon structure gets altered and leads to intense, continuous pain. Dr. Andrew Schneider of Houston, TX is a physician and surgeon specializing in the foot and ankle. He is the medical director of Tanglewood Foot Specialists and treats all injuries and conditions of the foot and ankle. For more information and many informative videos, visit and his blog at