Heel pain is a common problem characterized by pain with activity, in particular pain after rest or when you get up in the morning.
It is usually due to a degeneratiion, inflammation or injury to the ligament that stretches across the arch, from the heel bone to the ball of the foot.
Other causes can be systemic diseases, degenerative fat pad or tarsal tunnel syndrome.
Age, weight, occupation, muscle tightness and foot type all play a role in causing heel pain.
Treatment is varied depending on assessment and correct diagnosis usually involving managing the pain and inflammation in combination with stretching and orthoses to address the mechanical cause.
Surgery is rarely required.