Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain. Plantar fasciitis (plan * tar _ fash * ee * i * tis) is tearing and inflammation of a ligament on the bottom of the foot. “Plantar” refers to the bottom of the foot, the “fascia” is a long ligament-type structure and “itis” means inflammation. Plantar fasciitis is the result of excess stress through the plantar fascia, which causes tearing, inflammation and pain. Plantar fasciitis is also called heel spur syndrome, but a heel spur will rarely causes any pain. The most common symptom is a sharp pain in the heel when first stepping down in the morning. The pain may also extend into the arch and start after stepping out of a car or standing up after finishing a lunch break. Other individuals experience heel pain at the end of their work day or after activities like running, soccer or tennis.
There are many treatments for plantar fasciitis…..