Like plantar fasciitis, a heel spur is a common cause of heel pain in recreational basketball players. A heel spur is an irregular bone growth. It occurs at the spot where the heel bone connects with the plantar fascia. Strain on the muscles of your foot and your plantar fascia triggers this condition. Like with plantar fasciitis, it can be exacerbated by playing basketball in ill-fitting or worn-out shoes, and in some cases it is brought on by plantar fasciitis. Again, always consult a doctor for the final word. References Spread your feet 6 to 12 inches apart and slowly raise your body up on the toes, lifting the heels. To ease your Plantar Fasciitis you can take an anti-inflammatory that contains Ibuprofen, like Nurofen or Advil. This is a short term fix that will help decrease the inflammation of the plantar fascia. You still need to do take all the other measures such as stretching, ice, orthotics etc to achieve long term pain relief from your heel problem. For many people Ibuprofen is pretty heavy on the stomach and therefore these drugs should be taken in moderation. Stand with right foot back, both knees bent. Keeping heel on floor, turned slightly out, lean into wall until stretch is felt in lower calf. Hold 30 seconds. Repeat on left side. Choosing the right shoe size and shape is important when it comes to foot problems. You need to buy shoes that match the arch of your foot so you don't put too much tension on your foot. Another tip? Shop for shoes in the afternoon, as feet tend to be larger at this time of day. Stretching exercises, ice packs several times a day to reduce inflammation and exercising the calf muscle will help reduce the stress on the plantar fascia. Good shoes and the use of arch supports at all times will assist in relieving the stress and help reduce the inflammation of the plantar fascia. There are many treatments for heel pain. Your doctor should customize a treatment plan depending on individual factors including lifestyle, foot types and any other associated illnesses. Treatment should not only concentrate on the heel but also on the person as a whole. Many factors both physical and physchological may be important to consider. In addition, weight control, systemic medical conditions and injuries should be evaluated. Evaluations consist of a thorough history and physical, x-rays, diagnostic ultrasound and MRI if necessary. Referrals to other specialists may be needed if there are associated medical conditions. Someone can easily distinguish when he or she has heel pain because walking is very painful and uncomfortable. Although, there is no sore felt on the ball and arch of the foot but pressure on the heel of the foot is sore. It can be a little tender and feel hurt or a little bit engorged, or it can be very hurting and piercing when the patient attempts to take a step. More so, it also spread out from the heel and makes the rest of the foot hurt and sore.