Ever wake up in the morning, walk to the bathroom and feel a pretty intense pain along your heel or at the bottom of your foot? You will attempt to walk through it and you will notice as the day goes on the pain will get better. If this sounds like you then you may be experiencing symptoms of plantar fasciitis.
What is it? The plantar fascia is a thick band of connective tissue that runs from the heel of the foot to the base of the toes. When this connective tissue becomes inflamed it is known as plantar fasciitis which is a common cause of foot pain.
What caused this? The symptoms of plantar fasciitis are due to a number of causes. It can be due to being overweight or sudden changes in weight gain, poor arch of the foot (such as flat feet), or due to an overuse injury. An overuse injury resulting in plantar fasciitis is usually related to those who are frequent runners or a person who works on their feet 8 hours a day resulting in excessive stress/strain to the foot.
How do I treat it? When one experience this pain you should elevate your foot and ice it to help bring the inflammation down. You should also make an appointment with your doctor who will design a treatment plan for you which MAY include injections, orthotics or physical therapy.
In the meantime, here are some at home exercises that can help ease your pain. See your local physical therapist for additional stretches and strengthening exercises that will help improve your condition.