Heel Pain – Plantar Fasciitis
What is Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis is a common condition that causes pain in the heel and bottom of the foot. It occurs when the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue that runs across the bottom of the foot and connects the heel bone to the toes, becomes inflamed. This inflammation is often the result of strain and stress on the plantar fascia, leading to pain, stiffness, and discomfort, particularly in the heel area. Plantar fasciitis is commonly seen in runners, people who are overweight, and those who wear shoes with inadequate support, and it can develop gradually over time. The pain is typically most intense with the first steps in the morning or after long periods of standing or sitting.