It is definitely one of the most common orthopedic complaints pertaining to the foot. Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the dense tissue on the base of the foot. This tissue is called the plantar fascia. It creates the arch of the foot by connecting the heel bone to the toes.
Plantar fasciitis occurs when the thick band of tissue is overstretched or overused. This can be painful and make even walking difficult.
- Some risk factors for plantar fasciitis include:
- Tight Achilles tendon (the tendon that connects the calf muscles to the heel)
- Foot arch problems (flat feet, high arches)
- Sudden weight gain or obesity
- Long-distance running, especially running downhill or on uneven surfaces
- Shoes with insufficient arch support or soft soles
People with this condition sometimes describe the feeling as a hot, sharp sensation in the heel. You usually notice the pain first thing in the morning when you stand. After walking for a period of time, the pain usually lessens or even disappears. However, sharp pain in the center of the heel may return after resting for a period of time and then resuming activity.