Plantar Fasciitis (Foot Pain)
- Symptoms & Causes
plantar fascia is the flat band of tissue (ligament) that connects your heel bone to your toes and supports the arch of your foot.
Plantar fasciitis (pronounced
fas-ee-eye-tus) is a swelling of this ligament. It is one of the most common causes of heel pain and can occur in one or both feet.
Pain at the bottom of your foot, near the heel area. The condition typically starts with gradual, mild pain felt at your heel bone.
'First step pain', which is pain that occurs when you take your first steps upon waking up in the morning or after a long period of rest. This is also the most common symptom of plantar fasciitis.
Swelling and pain due to tiny tears from repeated strains on the ligament. The pain may subside during exercise but recur after a period of rest and you could experience
difficulty raising your toes off the floor.
Plantar fasciitis is caused by strain to the plantar fascia under the foot, which could be caused by a
degenerative condition or a previous injury.
Plantar fasciitis (foot pain) is more likely to affect
women, and people aged 40 – 60. Other risk factors include:
Flat feet or high arches
Tight Achilles tendons
Frequent use of high heels
Long hours of standing daily
Using shoes with poor support
Exercising on hard surfaces
Recent increase in running, walking or standing
Leaving plantar fasciitis untreated may result in
chronic heel pain that affects your regular activities.
If you have plantar fasciitis, you should avoid physical activity during an acute injury.
If you have chronic heel pain, you can do light exercises while wearing supportive footwear.
Stretching your calf muscles daily helps if you wear high heels.