Plantar Fasciitis Definition

Plantar fasciitis is pain at the bottom of the heel due to inflammation of tendons in the foot. Symptoms of plantar fasciitis include pain near the heel on the bottom of the foot that increases after periods of inactivity, or after exercise. Patients may have trouble flexing their feet. Plantar fasciitis is caused by large amounts of stress being placed on the foot.

Those who engage in high impact sports like running, and people with high arches and/or tight calves are susceptible to developing plantar fasciitis. Treatment for plantar fasciitis includes rest, ice, NSAIDs to manage pain, wearing proper shoes, and physical therapy to stretch the calves and feet. Surgery is sometimes considered after a long period of unsuccessful non-surgical treatment.