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Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Foot and Ankle

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Heel pain

The most common cause of heel pain is plantar fasciitis (or policeman's heel) typified by the presence of a heel spur (a plantar fasciitis) on the front and bottom of the heel.

This condition is characterised by pain beneath the heel, which is usually worse when you stand. The heel spur does not cause the pain but an X-ray will reveal long term inflammation which is caused by calcium deposits at the point where the plantar fascia joins the heel.

By far the most successful treatment for this condition is with arch support - see orthotics.