Heel Pain (Plantar Fasciitis)
Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common disorders that can affect people from all walks of life. Common characteristics include pain in the heel and bottom of the foot, and increased pain with the first step out of bed. Common causes of plantar fasciitis include restrictive foot wear and a tight calf muscle. Most cases of plantar fasciitis can be resolved with less-restrictive footwear and physical therapy to stretch the calf muscle.
In this video, Ray McClanahan DPM gives an excellent description of one of the primary causes of Plantar Fasciitis: position of the big toe.
Below are a couple of links to some more great information and suggestions for exercises from Nick Campitelli DPM, who has a great understanding of what causes, and what can help plantar fasciitis:
Other potential causes of Heel Pain
Plantar Fasciits vs Plantar Fasciosis
Medial Calcaneal Nerve Entrapment
Calcaneal Stress Fracture
Xerosis and Fissures
Fat Pad Atrophy
Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome