Plantar fasciitis is the most common form of heel pain we see here at myPod Podiatry, and is typically experienced by patients in middle age, people participating in running events, dancers, people with flat feet or high arches, or those that work long hours on their feet.
Primarily affecting as structure called the plantar fascia, which is a spring-like band of tissue running between the heel and toes, Plantar fasciitis occurs when we bruise or overstretch this big ligament, causing inflammation and heel pain. Plantar fasciitis is often associated with heel spurs, although the spur is less a source of pain than the inflamed ligament.
Plantar Fasciitis Symptoms
Plantar fasciitis symptoms are typically felt directly underneath the heel, most commonly after first getting out of bed or after rest. Other symptoms can be pain after prolonged periods of standing and after strenuous exercise.