Plantar fasciitis — pronounced “planter fash-ee-EYE-tiss” — is a common condition of the foot that usually produces heel pain. Adults of any age, sex or ethnicity may experience the sometimes unbearable pain of plantar fasciitis. Luckily, this condition can be treated without surgery.
Plantar Fasciitis: What You Need to Know
- Plantar fasciitis is caused by inflammation of the fibrous band of tissue that runs along the sole of the foot.
- Plantar fasciitis is not caused by bone or heel spurs.
- You can experience plantar fasciitis at any age. It’s not uncommon for the condition to crop up when you increase activity level with a walking or running program.
- A podiatrist or orthopaedic physician will diagnose your plantar fasciitis with a physical examination and by taking your personal history.
- The usual treatment plan for plantar fasciitis includes stretching, massage, shoe gear modification and activity modification.