As we step through spring and head into summer, many people might be dealing with excruciating heel pain. Podiatrists say it's the number-one foot complaint among their patients. One local doctor says most people can stop the pain without surgery. Dr. Franklin Kase, a foot specialist at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, says if people knew what causes heel pain, or plantar fasciitis, they would know how to alleviate and prevent it.
"You get this inflammatory process developing right at the insertion of the plantar fascia to the bottom of the heel right here," said Kase. And that's where most people feel the excruciating pain. Kase advises patients to wear shoes with solid heel support that bend at the front. And you shouldn't be able to twist it much. "If you don't have that, what happens is you compensate by breaking down the midsection of your foot or you can develop pain in your knees as well," said Kase.