Heel PainPain in the bottom of the heel is usually caused by a condition called plantar fasciitis. Do you find that your heel pain is worst in the early morning, or when you stand up after a long sit (for example, watching a movie)? That’s another common sign.

Plantar fasciitis is characterized by inflammation, stretching, or tearing in the plantar fascia ligament. This band of tissue runs across the entire sole of the foot, from heel to toes. Its primary job is supporting the arch, but daily wear and tear can weaken and damage it, usually near the connection point with the heel bone.

Of course, there are other possible explanations, including bruising, thinning of the fatty pad under the heel, stress fractures, nerve compression, etc. Most of these are also related to factors like athletic overuse, poor shoe choices, etc. Whatever the reason for your heel pain, you can always visit the nearest office of the Northwest Extremity Specialists for prompt evaluation and treatment.