Plantar Fasciitis

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is a common condition that causes pain in the heel and bottom of the foot. It occurs when the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue that runs across the bottom of your foot and connects your heel bone to your toes, becomes inflamed.

What are common signs and symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Sharp, stabbing pain in the bottom of your foot near the heel
  • Pain that is usually worse in the morning or after periods of rest
  • Pain that increases after exercise, not during

Plantar Fasciitis FAQ

Factors contributing to plantar fasciitis include excessive running or walking, inadequate footwear, obesity, and foot structural issues like flat feet or high arches, which can place too much tension on the plantar fascia.

Treatment options include:

  • Rest and ice to reduce inflammation
  • Stretching exercises for the plantar fascia and Achilles tendon
  • Orthotic devices or supportive shoes
  • Physical therapy
  • Night splints
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Corticosteroid injections for severe cases

Consult a healthcare provider if the pain persists despite home treatment, if the pain is severe, or if it starts to affect your daily activities.

If left untreated, plantar fasciitis can lead to chronic heel pain that changes the way you walk, potentially resulting in issues with your knees, hips, or back.

For a proper diagnosis and recommended treatment plan, we suggest you consult with a podiatrist for professional help and care.