Plantar fasciitis is a foot condition involving inflammation of the plantar fascia, a band of connective tissue at the bottom of your feet. Because it runs along the heel to the toes, the plantar fascia absorbs shocks and helps maintain balance by supporting the arch of the foot. The inflammation is often caused by intense or prolonged movements or shocks to the tissue, but more than 2 million treatments annually suggest plantar fasciitis may be caused by a variety of issues.
Common symptoms include:
- Pain at the bottom of the foot; often one or two inches away from the heel.
- Two thirds of patients report pain in only one foot, but both feet can be affected.
- The pain level is initially low and gradually increases over time in the absence of proper treatment.
- Pain is often more severe after exercising or lifting heavy goods.
- Pain is also often more elevated after waking up or resting for a couple of hours.
- Many patients report “stabbing pain.”
- Gentle exercises after waking up may reduce pain throughout the day, which may make it difficult to diagnose plantar fasciitis.
- Other cases cause limping because individuals rebalance their weight to reduce one-sided pain
Symptoms vary by individuals’ age, profession, fitness and underlying conditions. Plantar fasciitis can vaguely be compared to “tennis elbow” which is another tissue-related condition. Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions about plantar fasciitis symptoms and stay tuned for the next blog where we address common risk factors. We collected a couple of reliable sources with more information for the meantime.