The four major problems that can affect the heel are plantar fascitis, heel bursitis, retrocalcaneal bursitis and heel neuritis. It is very important to note that there are other etiologies of heel pain. These include but are not limited to rheumatoid arthritis, gout, psoriasis, fractures of the heel, growth plate abnormalities in children and bone tumors. It is essential to note that if your heel pain does not get better and seems to be getting worse; these other problems must be ruled out. Numbness and Tingling – This could indicate a pinched nerve or a heel spur interfering with nerves functioning properly in the heel. I want you to enjoy the holidays as much as possible without foot woes. The best way to do this is to make sure that any footwear you may buy really does fit your feet properly as nothing dampens a festive mood as a screaming pair of painful feet! Try a few of the suggestions here in order to prevent pain or discomfort from blisters and bunions before they begin! Plantar Fasciitis is another possible cause for heel pain and the most commonly diagnosed condition affecting the foot. This foot problem marked by sharp heel -pains often begins when you first get out of bed in the morning. If you think you are the only unlucky person who is going through the heel pain , then you are probably wrong. It's the most common foot problem faced by millions. According to 'American Podiatric Medical Association' (APMA) - 40% of the American people are suffering from the heel pain Heel pain is the inflammation, severe ache and irritation in nearby area and back of the heel Heel pain can be both mild or severe. If one does not feel relief from home remedies or medications then it is always recommended to take professional help from a podiatrist. An alternative to the "shoe pushup test" is the shoe pushdown test. Press the shoe at a 45 degree or greater angle onto a countertop as seen below. The shoe should bend at the ball of the shoe. It should not bend before this point further back on the shoe. It is important to be aware of how your foot feels over this time period. If your foot is still uncomfortable without the strapping, but was more comfortable while wearing it, that is an indication that the treatment should help. Remember, what took many months or years to develop can not be eliminated in just a few days. Plantar fasciitis is usually controlled with conservative treatment. Following control of the pain and inflammation an orthotic (a custom made shoe insert) will be used to stabilize your foot and prevent a recurrence. Over 98% of the time heel spurs and plantar fasciitis can be controlled by this treatment and surgery can be avoided. The orthotic prevents excess pronation and prevents lengthening of the plantar fascia and continued tearing of the fascia. Usually a slight heel lift and a firm shank in the shoe will also help to reduce the severity of this problem.