Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar Fasciitis (pronounced plan-ter fash-e-eye-tis) is inflammation of the plantar fascia. "Plantar" meaning bottom of the foot and "fascia" is a band of connective tissue (ligament) that runs across the bottom of the foot connecting the heel to the toes. It supports the arch of the foot. "Itis" means "inflammation". A strained plantar fascia causes weakness and inflammation of the fascia, which in turn causes pain in the bottom of the foot, making it painful and difficult to stand and walk. Plantar Fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain. A heel spur is often associated with Plantar Fasciitis. A heel spur is a calcium deposit on the underside of the heel bone, but it does not cause any pain; it is merely evidence of possible Plantar Fasciitis.

Cause or Possible Risk Factors

  • Flat feet
  • High arches
  • Tight Achilles tendon (the tendon connecting the calf muscles to the heel)
  • Irritation of nerves leading into the heel area
  • Weakness in the feet and tightness in the calves
  • Nerve irritation in the low back
  • Poorly fitting footwear
  • Exercise that puts a lot of stress on the heel such as long-distance running, especially when running downhill or on uneven surfaces
  • Poor posture and/or movement patterns
  • Increased weight gain, either from obesity or pregnancy
  • Aging


  • The most common complaint is pain and stiffness in the bottom of the heel. The heel pain may be dull or sharp. The bottom of the foot may also ache or burn.
  • The pain is usually worse in the morning when taking the first steps, with prolonged standing or walking, climbing stairs, and after intense activity
  • The pain may develop slowly over time or suddenly after intense activity
  • Visible swelling may be present in severe cases

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Plantar Fasciitis

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