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Supportive shoes and orthotics. Shoes with thick soles and extra cushioning can reduce pain with standing and walking. As you step and your heel strikes the ground, a significant amount of tension is placed on the fascia, which causes microtrauma (tiny tears in the tissue). A cushioned shoe or insert reduces this tension and the microtrauma that occurs with every step. Soft silicone heel pads are inexpensive and work by elevating and cushioning your heel. Pre-made or custom orthotics (shoe inserts) are also helpful.
What Is It: Inflammation of the growth plate of the heel
Causes: Growth spurt where the heel bone grows faster than the surrounding muscles and ligaments, standing for long periods, overuse from participating in lots of sporting activities like running and jumping
Symptoms: Pain in heel usually at the back or underneath the heel. Inflammation and tenderness, pain when walking, ankle stiffness. Symptoms are worse with activity and improve with rest. Often affects both feet at the same time
Treatment: Strengthening and stretching exercises , rest, orthotics, medication. Symptoms usually settle within 2 months.