LONG time ago (HS) I had some heel pain, got some exercises and it went away in a month or so. Lasy summer I again started biking after almost a decade of being off the bike. About halkf way through the season, I started getting out of the saddle to handle uphills, much better experience!
Developed some pain in one foot, right in front of the heel. Started doing my old exercise. Didn't seem to do much, visited a podiatrist, which basically confirmed it was what I thought it was. Gave me some different ones that I could see should be much more effective. It got a little better, but wasn't totally gone. Busted a finger, spent 12 weeks in a splint, so didn't ride until recently.
First a word about the pain. It never was a "i gotta pop a vicodin" or made me noticeably limp. It was kinda sharp, but never rose to anything I'd call serious. The "got better" meant I would get the occasional twinge, but there were times I wouldn't even notice it at all.
Started a few weeks ago to get in shape for riding, usually 2 mile fast walks and stretching the foot out. I am now "noticing" it more than over the winter, although it isn't up to the pai it had been before I took steps. I've come to think what exacerbated it was riding out of the saddle, something i do NOT want to give up.
Og course, my weight is up over last summer, but I will burn that off the more I ride. Add in that I'm now 62, so things just ain;t as flexible as they used to be. I THINK this will always kind of bother me, no matter how long I do those stretching exercises. I AM curious about other cycling clydes around my age and their experiences...