What is Plantar Fasciitis?
The plantar fascia is a ligament that runs from the base of your heel, through the arch of your foot and into your toes. It’s role is to keep the bottom of your foot together and to absorb force from running, standing, walking and other everyday activities.
Plantar Fasciitis is caused by micro tears along your plantar fascia. Although the plantar fascia is made from very tough and robust material it absorbs a lot of force from regular use, making plantar fasciitis a very common condition. The plantar fascia is involved in almost everything you do on your feet which is why plantar pain can be such an issue.
Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis
Plantar Fasciitis pain is typically felt in the base of the heel, but can occur all the way along the arch of the foot along any part of the plantar fascia. Plantar pain is commonly felt first thing in the morning as well as after periods of inactivity or rest, such as sitting in the car. Plantar fasciitis is also aggravated through weight bearing activity such as walking or standing on hard surfaces for long periods of time.