Plantar Fasciitis is the swelling of the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue that connects your heel bone to your toes. It is one of the most common causes of heel pain.
The main cause of Plantar Fasciitis is repetitive stretching and stress on the plantar fascia that can result from a number of things:
The most common symptom is a stabbing pain near the heel of your foot, which usually occurs early in the morning or after not moving for a while. As you begin to move and loosen up the pain usually subsides as the day goes on.
The best treatment for Plantar Fasciitis is a combination of rest with icing and stretching. Pain will usually go away after a few months. Your doctor may want to have you wear custom orthotics if your issue is flat feet or a high arch. Pain relievers and anti-inflammatories are a good way to deal with the nagging dull pain that often persists with Plantar Fasciitis.