Plantar Fasciitis is a dysfunction of the connective tissue that supports the arch of the foot. This dysfunction results in repetitive overloading of the fascia (a soft material which acts like a saran wrap around the muscles), which eventually leads to small tears that ultimately result in scar tissue formation, inflammation, and pain felt on the bottom of the heel and/or along the bottom of the inside part of the foot. This condition is classically seen in people who run, walk, jump, or regularly wear unsupportive shoes like high heels or sandals. It is usually most severe with the first steps of the day or following a period of rest. This condition can be caused by poor function of the toes, feet, ankles, knees or even hips.
What are the symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis?
- Heel Pain
- Foot Pain
- Pain with the first step out of bed in the morning or after periods of rest
- Pain that tends to get worse at night