When individuals begin to experience intense pain in their heel, many know that they have acquired plantar fasciitis. This ailment occurs when the plantar ligament along the bottom of the foot develops micro-tears in the tissue. This will result in pain and inflammation of the area closest to the heel bone. It is also known as plantar fasciosis.
The most common symptoms of plantar fasciitis include:
- Pain in bottom of heel
- Increased when first standing in morning
- Pain often diminishes after several minutes of walking
The Plantar fascia tightens up over night and therefore causes the most pain in the morning. Pain generally decreases as the tissue warms up, but oftentimes returns after long periods of standing or weight bearing and physical activity.
One of the prevalent factors that contribute to plantar fasciitis is wearing incorrect shoes. This includes shoes that either don’t fit properly, or provide inadequate support or cushioning. Flats, flip-flops, and boat shoes (top-siders), are often a contributing factor in heel pain.
In most cases, treatment of plantar fasciitis doesn’t require surgery or invasive procedures to stop pain and reverse damage. Conservative treatments are usually all that is required. However, keep in mind that every person's body responds to the treatment differently and recovery times will vary.