The symptom of plantar fasciitis is pain in the bottom of the foot at the front or center of the heel bone.
The pain may be worse upon waking in the morning, often referred to as “first-step pain.” It may also happen upon standing after sitting for a long time.
What causes plantar fasciitis?
The feet have a thick, fibrous band of tissue called the plantar fascia that connects our heel bones to the balls of our feet.
The plantar fascia becomes overstretched or strained when the muscles that form and maintain the foot’s arch system are not working efficiently. When the plantar fascia is excessively and repeatedly stretched to the point of strain, tiny tears can occur in its surface that cause pain and inflammation.
When the arches are unable to safely manage the vertical forces generated by the body’s weight, the arches collapse, creating stress and strain on the plantar fascia.