According to experts at TOSH – The Orthopedic Specialty Hospital, plantar fasciitis is an irritation of the plantar fascia, which is a thick band of connective tissue, which travels across the bottom of the foot between the toes and the heel. It supports the foot’s natural arch and stretches and becomes taut whenever the foot bears weight.
What causes plantar fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis is caused by repetitive stress or excessive tension on the tissue. Small tears may develop and the plantar fascia can become irritate and inflamed.
What are the symptoms of plantar fasciitis?
The pain of plantar fasciitis feels like a stabbing sensation in the heel of the foot. The pain usually develops gradually. It is typically more painful in the morning, when a person is taking the first few steps out of bed. Plantar fasciitis may affect one foot, or it may be felt in both feet.
What are the treatment options?
Treatment for plantar fasciitis may include rest, ice and anti-inflammatory or corticosteroid medications. A physician may also recommend orthotics, splints or physical therapy. If these techniques are not effective, surgery may be needed to relieve tension on the plantar fascia.Learn more about plantar fasciitis or other common foot/ankle injuries.