WHEN IS HEEL PAIN NOT PLANTAR FASCIITIS?

It’s estimated that 93% of lower heel pain is caused by degeneration of the plantar fascia. However, in a 2003 study in the Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery, they found that in 84 patients with a chief complaint of plantar heel pain, more than 72 percent had a sensory disturbance of the medial calcaneal nerve and/or tarsal tunnel syndrome.1 What this means is that your heel pain may be nerve pain. Of course, you can have more than one cause of your heel pain. Often, chronic heel pain is a puzzle that needs to be solved in order to be treated effectively.

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