Plantar Fasciitis is one of the most common causes of foot pain.
Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation or tearing of the plantar fascia, resulting from excessive stress/tension on the fascia. The plantar fascia is a thick fibrous band of tissue that originates at your heel and fans across the bottom of your foot in a V-shape. It helps to maintain the shape the arch of your foot and create a stiff lever of the foot to aid in toe off. It is a painful condition that can strike at any age and linger on for quite some time.
- Heel pain first thing in the morning, stepping out of bed.
- Heel pain on standing after sitting for a period of time.
- Pain reduces with activity.
- Painful heel to touch.
- Foot Mechanics - all foot types with poor mechanics are susceptible.
- Muscular - tight achilles causes the foot to compensate and puts more strain and stress on the plantar fascia.
- Activities - increased activities and poor foot mechanics, as well as walking barefoot in sand or very flexible footwear.