What is Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar Fasciitis is an inflammation of the plantar fascia. “Plantar” refers to the bottom of the foot, “fascia” is a type of connective tissue, and “itis” means “inflammation”. Plantar Fasciitis is an inflammation on the bottom of the foot, or the heel, and you experience pain in the tissue along the bottom the foot that connects the heel bone to the toes.
This foot problem is a common and painful foot condition. Diagnosis and treatment are relatively quick, and in most cases a doctor can heal this condition without surgery.
Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis
The most frequent patient complaint from plantar fasciitis is a burning, stabbing, or aching pain in the heel of the foot. Most sufferers of this condition will be able to feel it in the morning, because the fascia ligament tightens up during the night while you sleep, causing the heel pain to diminish. However, when you climb out of bed and place pressure on the ligament, it becomes taut and pain is particularly severe. Pain usually decreases as the tissue is used, but may easily return again after long periods of standing, weight bearing, physical activity, or after getting up after long periods of time, or sitting down.
A thorough analysis is conducted to determine the extent of the condition in order to accurately offer symptomatic treatment.