What is plantar fasciitis?

Your plantar fascia is a ligament that attaches your heel to the front of your foot and supports your arch. Plantar fasciitis is pain and swelling of the plantar fascia.

What causes plantar fasciitis?

Too much stress and strain of the plantar fascia may cause small tears and inflammation. Running or other vigorous and jarring activity may cause this stress, or simply working for a long time at a job that demands a lot of standing. Being overweight can also contribute to this condition.

What are the symptoms of plantar fasciitis?

A sharp pain in your heel is the primary symptom of plantar fasciitis. The pain is often at its worst when you first stand up after long periods of sitting, or when you first get up in the morning.

What are the treatment options for plantar fasciitis?

Medications may relieve the pain and swelling of plantar fasciitis, and night splints or daytime shoe inserts (“orthotics”) may relieve the condition over time. Some patients need steroid shots. In rare cases, patients may require surgery to detach the plantar fascia.