Plantar Fasciitis is among the most common causes of heel pain – and patients from around the world seek relief from our specialists at Coachella Valley Foot & Ankle.
About the Condition
The heel bone (calcaneus) is surrounded by a specialized envelope of fatty tissue called the heel pad. The heel pad has a certain sponginess or resiliency. It consists of multiple, specialized fat cells located in small compartments to maintain the cushioning of the heel during walking and standing.
There are a number of ligaments that attach to the bottom of the heel. It is inflammation of these ligaments that commonly gives rise to a condition called plantar fasciitis.
Plantar fasciitis involves microscopic tearing of one of the ligaments that attaches to the underside of the back of the heel. It is a common condition and frequently present in women who are overweight. It is also associated with certain foot types as well as repetitive, strenuous activity that may cause bruising and inflammation of the back of the heel.