One of the most common causes of heel pain is plantar fasciitis, or the inflammation of the band of tissue that goes from the bottom of the heel, travels along the arch, and inserts into the ball of your foot.  When you walk barefoot, the arch collapses and there is no support to the arch of your foot.  This causes a stretching of the band of tissue, or the plantar fascia, and it pulls on the heel, making the pain worse.  Many times patients feel heel pain and they want to cushion their heels.  However it is most important to support the arch in order to rid yourself of heel pain, for example with one of our favorite products, FootSteps, or you may need custom inserts as determined after a thorough exam and recommendations from our doctors.  For more information and an accurate diagnosis as to what is causing your heel pain, make an appointment with our doctors at Prairie Path Foot and Ankle Clinic.