Plantar Fasciitis occurs when the plantar fascia becomes strained, weak swollen and inflamed. The plantar fascia is the ligament, or flat band of tissue, that connects your heel bone to your toes and supports your arch. When it becomes strained, your heel or bottom of your foot hurts when you stand or walk. Plantar fasciitis is common among middle aged people and can occur among younger people who are on their feet a lot. Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain.
Pain from plantar fasciitis occurs most often after being off your feet for a long time and stiffness in your foot is prevalent. But the pain will return as the day goes on and a lot of time is spent on your feet and when you climb stairs. Someone is more likely to get plantar fasciitis if they:
- Have either flat feet or high arches
- Are a long distance runner
- Have a sudden weight gain or obesity
- Wear shoes with poor arch support or soft soles
Local injections of corticosteroids often give temporary or permanent relief.