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Plantar fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of foot pain, radiating from the bottom of the heel throughout the foot. The plantar fascia is the strong band of tissue in the arch of your foot, which runs from your heel to toe and absorbs strains and stress placed on the foot each time it is in use. Plantar fasciitis occurs when that supporting tissue becomes irritated and inflamed.

Causes and risk factors

  • Extended pressure on the arch of the foot
  • Tight calf muscles
  • Obesity
  • Repetitive movement/activity


  • Heel pain
  • Pain with first initial steps after rest
  • Pain with extended exercise

Diagnosis and treatment

Diagnosis and treatment are important with this painful condition, and healing can begin quickly once diagnosed. Your doctor will most likely recommend rest and possibly frequent icing on the area. Anti-inflammatories may also help symptoms subside combined with light stretching of your feet and calves. If pain continues to linger, your orthopedic surgeon may recommend a partial release procedure.